I can't believe I forgot to post about this... my husband called me from work on Friday of last week to tell me he had been in a meeting and to tell me what the meeting was about... and I have honestly never heard about something like this (this awesome!) happening... the last time something SIMILAR to this happened it was the exact opposite (last time it was many years ago at the place he had worked at for 15 years... that ended up going out of business... well, not totally... they moved to another state and opened a facility that wasn't union, where they could pay the employees ten dollars less an hour... and they all got told their pay rates would go down by 2 or 3$ an hour, but anyways, that's neither here nor there.. just a comparison to what just happened...).... which is... He told me that the meeting was to inform them- let's see, I believe the letter from his work is on the fridge... kay, here's what the letter says- "Over the past few months a corporate pay initiative focusing on operations pay at all UNFI Distribution Centers has been underway. The changes go into effect Sept 1, 2013 and any pay related changes will be reflected in your Sept. 13, 2013 paycheck.... Pay Grid- Effective Sept. 1, 2013 you will move to the new grid rates associated with your tenure in the organization. Premiums- Premiums have been aligned across distribution centers. UNFI's warehouse premiums are below...." Then it goes on to explain your current base rate and then the extra you get for Shift Differential, working the freezer and working on a Lift... -without going into the whole chart and to cut to the chase... My husband is getting a $2.50 pay increase starting Sept. 1st PER HOUR...every hour. $2.50 more per hour... PLUS, that does not even include the regular raises and he has now been there 1 year and found out he is getting an 85 cent raise per hour effective the same time... So, combined that is $3.35 more an hour... I really don't feel like doing the math right now but every week he works 48-58 hours guaranteed (mandatory) with overtime starting at over 40 hours... So, if you do the math I believe this will be somewhere between $700-$1000 extra dollars coming home per month for the same amount of work... Which is...super awesome And I just wanted to share the great news. It's pretty crazy awesome I think for every single person working in a (pretty large) company to get a pay increase of at least $1.50 an hour in addition to their normal raises (I say at least $1.50 because he is getting a bit more of an increase than some people because he works 3rd shift and works on a Lift)... but, yay. Awesome news. That will help us out being able to pay for stuff and actually have some extra in an enormous way!