When you work with the leaders of county government and have almost daily contact with them, they know you and appreciate your brown nose time more than the limited time given to the peons. The guys who are manning the shovels, picks, and other lower level jobs mean nothing to the county commissioners because they seldom see them face to face. All county employees should invest their time by going to the commissioner's meetings and let it be known that they are participating in the government and finding out who is really on their side. They don't have to strike or anything, but remind the elected officials that they have a number of friends and family who vote and those folks have friends and family who also vote (and on and on).
Not everyone gets a $20,000 increase but most would like a fair share of the pie.
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