I did get a pay raise this year but then again my company was and is doing very well. In '08, my company became public, of the 3 venture capital companies that went public and maintained the rest of the year, a stock value, my company was the only one whose stock price was more on Dec 31st than it was when it opened in March.
I also wrote to my congress people to stop their pay raises as these people need to truly understand what is going on with real people! But I am far more active politically (have done so since I was 4yrs old) beyond the election day activities than most people. I was raised to be active because my father was always involved. Americans do not understand how lucky we are in being able to be active. Instead lots of people complain and then do nothing else. It's a sad state of affairs!
I'm with Jean Ann regarding writing or calling politicians.
I've written several times which results in my disgust for some of the ones here in CT. I write to them only to receive a form letter 3 months later thanking me for writing and blah, blah, blah - never addressing my concern.
I'd like to get on the phone with them, but I end up talking with some Grad student on an internship instead.
As for 2% - sorry that doesn't cover the increase in food, energy, and more.
I got one 10% and I am expecting another one this year as well. But then again Australia hasn't been hit as hard as the US and if you can believe the news we should do ok or at least not as badly as the US or UK.
We're on hold this year, but after the RIF in the fall before the economy took a bigger dive I'm ok with hanging onto my job. Being from MA I'm used to this stuff from politicians so I am too thick skinned to complain about it since they will just make an excuse, or if they are like the MA Legislature just ignore us. You get used to that too. [img]/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]