Back a couple years ago I had to take a non-union job because everyone was getting laid off from union work. I wasn’t high enough on the totem pole, so I got laid off, too. Back when my new job started, my boss promised raises. He also would come to some of the job sites and say that if I did a good job, I’d get a bonus. He said if I finished jobs early, they’d give me a bonus, too. I did about 3 or 4 jobs good and busted my balls coming in under budget and on time, and I didn’t get jack.
He’s been promising a raise for the past 2 years and here I am, still getting paid the exact same wage. I know this is a typical complaint of blue collar guys. No one really gets raises, but my boss is always driving some new car.
So September last year I went in and asked for a $3/hour raise. My boss said, “How about $1.50/hr raise now and another $1.50/hr raise in February?” I still haven’t seen anything. And it sucks because when I was working for the union I was making twice what I do now with full benefits! But now there’s no health insurance… well, they do offer $400/week insurance, but there’s just no way to pay for that when I’m making half as much as I used to! They suggested state aide and all I could think was, “You can shut up with your Diesel Jetta on top of an F150 and a new Ford Flex for your wife!” I’m actually not mad that he’s successful, but couldn’t he pay his employees better?