New York State’s 1,300 judges are unhappy. And if we had gone 12 years without a raise we'd probably be a bit peeved too. But are they unhappy enough to start a union? Possibly!

See, the highest-level trial judges in the state, New York's Supreme Court justices, earn $136,700 a year, $37,300 less than Federal district court judges make. And despite more work, our gavel-wielders haven't gotten any raises in more than a decade. Further, a recent plan from the State Legislature doesn't permit judges to get one until 2012, at the earliest. And even then there will be no chances for retroactive pay increases and the Ledge is allowed to block the raise if they feel like it. So naturally, several judges (both elected and appointed) are suing over the issue.

And those crazy judges aren't stopping there! A recent survey of state judges was filled out by 550 of them and turned up some interesting results. Like how 95% of them are not satisfied with the outcome of their long-running salary dispute. And how 90% of them, more than 500 judges, "favored the creation of a judges’ association to negotiate with the state."

Now, before you get all freaked out about a judge's union slowing down an already slow legal system, note that more than half of those who responded to the survey also said they "would not be willing to take part in public action like a rally or a march to press for a pay raise." And nothing has happened yet, a meeting to discuss a statewide association has only just been scheduled. Still, interesting.