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Ask Amy: Co-worker wonders about disclosing raises

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I’ve become good friends with a co-worker who started at the same job I did over 12 years ago.

I’ve received raises, including two after I changed departments six years ago.

In a recent conversation with my co-worker, they disclosed that they have not had one raise in all their time with the company.

When I was given my raises, I was always told it was confidential, and I’ve kept it quiet. My friend has asked several times and has been told that no raises are being given.

They have a good track record with the company and have done well in meeting their goals.

Should I say something to the co-worker about my pay increases?


Would it be better to hint at it and not break the agreed-to confidentiality?

My friend is thinking of looking for a new job.

– Feeling Guilty

Dear Feeling Guilty: This is from “Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act), employees have the right to communicate with other employees at their workplace about their wages. Wages are a vital term and condition of employment, and discussions of wages are often preliminary to organizing or other actions for mutual aid or protection.”


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