Why Wages Are Stagnant

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No Stars In My Eyes

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience.

AMEN, tmb!

applewhitern, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience.

We now have a "freeze" on any pay increases, merit or otherwise. I haven't had a cost-of-living raise in over 6 years. If it weren't for the shift-diffs and low cost of living in my area, I wouldn't be doing this. What is killing me is that every time I go to the grocery store, Wal-Mart, or anywhere to shop, the prices have gone up so much! I noticed just this morning that some of the items I routinely buy have risen by 25%. That adds up.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Our health insurance premiums went up a ton this year. My "raise" won't even come close to covering the difference. So by staying at my current employer I will be bringing home less in 2015 than I did in 2014 (which wasn't much). We already live like poor fools so I don't know how we are going to come up with the extra $150 a month. I'm back in school, but who knows if I'll be able to find a job once I am done. I work way to darn hard to be this broke at this point in my life. I lived better when I worked in retail.

Red Kryptonite

Specializes in hospice. Has 3 years experience.

Our health insurance premiums went up a ton this year. My "raise" won't even come close to covering the difference.

Yep...my 2% merit raise was promptly gobbled up (and more) by higher health insurance premiums for less coverage than I had before. My deductibles went up by a fair bit, and this is the bottom of the barrel HMO, the only plan I can afford. :(

Since the unions were firmly onboard with advocating this new health insurance environment we all must live under, I don't see how they'd have helped me with this. And union dues would be taken from my check, leaving me with even less money.

But a union would negotiate higher wages and benefits. Union employees make more than non unionized employee, taking into consideration, the cost of union dues. Which are tax deductible.

JMHO and my NY $0.02

Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN (ret)

Somewhere in the PACNW

Red Kryptonite

Specializes in hospice. Has 3 years experience.

And we see how that worked out in Detroit.

Well, we see how well being an at-will employee works. I notice that I routinely see nurses from all across the country moving to NorCal for better jobs. I have seen only a couple moving the other direction, and those have each been for spousal reasons.

Leonardo Del Toro, RN

Specializes in "Wound care - geriatric care. Has 11 years experience.

I think the home care wages are going up. The sector is exploding (at least here in CA) and they are always hiring and can't find enough nurses.