I'll give you some info and history here first.
I work at a water treatment plant. This plant is owned by a public trust with board members that make all the decisions. It's a non profit org. and we've got about 1.5 million horded up. We make about 1.5MGD for just more than 10,000 people. I'm the main maintenance guy here and I pretty much fix it all. We have 5 employees (manager, rob, john, jim, and me). Thus far ammount of pay goes with how long you've worked here. John has been here 20 years and he makes$10.92 an hour He's useless too. Rob - 3 years - makes $8.75 and is clueless. Jim 1.5 years - $8.06 and is not capeable of more than daily routine. Me 2.5 years 8.06, and like I said I'm Mr. fixit.
I've got my GED, Votech auto mechanics deploma, ASE certification (i think it's expired if that's possible), Forklift operator's license, Class "C" water license, CCW license, lifetime hunt & Fish license, and within a month I'll have my class "C" lab license
Would I be out of place by asking for $10 an hour, as I believe I'm worth it. I've been looking at other jobs, but most of the good ones are given to the manager's relatives and friends. I do have an insider at the Army ammo plant, but I don't know what the pay or job is for sure.
Would I be better off trying to bluff them with the "I've got another offer for $XX.xx an hour" (if I did that and they called the bluff I'd look stupid and be jobless)
Or would the better approach be to go to the monthly board meeting and calmly present my case?
I'd love to hear your life experiences reguarding this issue.
Sorry for all the money posts lately, I've been in quite a slump. You guys have always helped me allot with everything and I appriciate it. I consider most of you "on line" friends, so if it isn't a problem for you I'll keep asking advise on life issues as well as truck stuff.
I'm going to go take some of my frustrations out on some bowling pins and osama targets.
BTW, peacock - I've already made $120 doing driveway mechanics, thanks for the advise earlier.
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