The Louisiana Legislature, for once, is not facing a major fiscal crisis as lawmakers craft the state’s budget.But advocates for people with disabilities, the elderly and people with mental health disorders still showed up in full force for public testimony day at the House Appropriations Committee, where they pleaded for additional money for services and lamented funding levels for certain programs that have remained low for a decade.“We’re here today asking you, pleading with you, restore our funding so we can continue to operate, so our doors can continue to open,” said Sharon Gomez, of Evergreen Life Services, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities. “35,000 citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities are counting on you to do what it takes so their livelihood can continue.”With often tearful testimony, advocates asked for several million dollars to fund programs like TEFRA, which would give people … [Read more...] about ‘We’re not asking for a handout’: Advocates plead for more funding at budget panel
How ask for a raise
How tight does the job market need to be before wages start really taking off? Companies might be in the midst of finding out. The Labor Department released December job-opening and turnover figures on Tuesday and they depicted an environment in which companies’ struggles to find workers have intensified. The job-openings rate—job openings... … [Read more...] about Time for American Workers to Ask for a Raise
By Holly Shively, Staff Writer If you have switched careers, asked for a raise or gotten a promotion in the last six months, the Dayton Daily News wants to hear from you.We’re working on a story about how a healthy economy with low unemployment is encouraging workers to jump start new careers and ask for raises or promotions. If you live in the Miami Valley, tell us your stories to be featured in the article. Please contact Holly Shively at [email protected] or 937-225-6965 to share your success story of a new career, promotion or raise. FIVE FAST READS • Young’s Jersey Dairy grows into family destination over 150 years Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Wright State strike: Students claim their classes weren't covered 2 Recall alert: 8 lots of Irbesartan blood pressure medications recalled 3 Soccer coach convicted of sex crimes challenging phone images • All local Gymboree, Crazy … [Read more...] about Have you recently changed careers, asked for a raise or promotion?
Q: I graduated from college two years ago and have been at the same company ever since. When I started, I was told that the salary was nonnegotiable; all entry-level employees start at the same hourly rate. I had a strong first year at work. Also, I regularly worked overtime, so I was making about 15 percent extra over my base pay. I was promoted early (it usually takes two years), and got a raise, but lost my eligibility for overtime pay. So I make less now than when I started. When I tried to discuss this with my boss, management and human resources, they all told me nothing could be done and that my salary would get back to where it started next year if I got a raise after my next performance review. I’ve had my review, and received the highest rating. But my boss said that she has no information about salary and isn’t the right person to discuss it with. It seems like the company really does not expect us to negotiate or even discuss our salary. Is that the strangest … [Read more...] about Asking for a raise when the boss won’t hear of it
Pete walked into his boss' office. "Ms. Smith, I'll be straight with you. I know the economy isn't great, but I have three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise." After a few minutes of haggling, Ms. Smith finally agreed to a 5 percent boost. When Pete got up to leave, she asked him, "By the way, which three companies are after you?" "The electric company, the mortgage company and the phone company." We all have bills to pay. Our jobs are a good way to accomplish that. But if you feel like you aren't receiving what you deserve, you have to muster up your courage and ask for a raise. That is a conversation you need to have with your supervisor, not your co-workers. They don't make those decisions, and you will get a reputation for being the complainer. Instead, prove you can perform the duties of your position and work your tail off making sure you're the best hire your boss ever made. Then it's time to ask for a raise. Here are some tips that will give … [Read more...] about Harvey Mackay: Raise the roof when asking for a raise