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Used to be when I was working through college I was beholden to my job working retail and a measley 25 cent raise every year. Wish I had gotten wise and realized I had all the bargaining power to demand a raise or leave. Not sure what it's like in your area but around here taco bells new sign is starting at 23/hour plus benefits insurance, 401k and you get to work in a nice air conditioning and only drive through is open. Meanwhile I had to have a discussion with another painter paying his guys $25/hour no benefits that he needs to raise his pay else lose his crew. Starting wage here for apprentice painter is 35-40 and if your not advertising at that you probably won't have any applicants at all. 25/hour isn't enough to live here sadly.
Where abouts are you?
 
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