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    Got everything this year, and I'm glad to say my advice to a union member worked.  They were offering $.20/hour raises for three years, and a friend of mine mentioned that with glee.  When I told him that it was a pay cut, since it was below the rate of inflation, he told his shop steward, she got involved, and now they're getting $.60, $.50, and $.40/hour raises over the next three years.  They also got all their health benefits back, including complete coverage for LASIK, and higher matching funds for their 401(k)s.  Even in an expensive area like Seattle, people working most any job at a grocery store are making living wages, and I'm super happy about that.

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