Hi there, I am in a very sticky situation and was hoping to get some advice. I am a specialist that works for a company that was bought by a big corporation about three years ago. We are extremely understaffed, and I am paid drastically below market value. I have been with the company for over 7 years and have asked for a raise and have been denied. I have not been denied for performance reasons, as I am doing the work of 4 different people, and meeting all of my deadlines. So my bosses here are the ones who have denied me my raise. They will not go to Corporate to ask for it, yet they say that if it were up to them they would give it to me. Supposedly Corporate just announced a global 10% cut in salaries to every division except for ours. This is why my boss wont ask them to give me a raise, as he is worried about sounding hypocritical. I can understand this, but at the same time I can no longer pay my bills. I work as a specialist, and am aware of only 2 other people in the state that I live that could do my job. Neither of them would work for a penny less than 3 times what I am being paid, and neither of them would put up with doing the work of the 3 other jobs which I am currently doing. My bosses are fully aware of this. If I left the company now, it would loose hundreds of thousand of dollars per year, perhaps into the millions. The pay raise I am asking for is a mere 10 grand. This still wouldn't even be half of what I'm worth. Everything I have read has said not to make threats, but I can see no other option. There is no other facility like mine in the state, and I currently do not have the means to move out of state. I have spent the past 7 years working my ass off to get where I am, and don't want to start over in another field. I cannot see a way out of my predicament, and was hoping someone here could give me some advice as to how to navigate corporate politics during rough times. Anywho, thanks for for patience, and sorry for the long rant.