You want to see change??? Vote with your wallet.
Let me guess, you don't own a business nor work in the machine tool building industry?
Unable to recruit a talented individual to train for hand scraping I'm forced to pay a local person more per hour than my dentist. Others that contribute heavily are discreetly paid quite well.
Those bitching about pay in the trade are usually short on talent. Proof being, if so damn good, the demand is so high they could step out and have there own gig.
The company has a reasonability to its employees to remain profitable. The company can only bleed so much investing tens of thousands to get an unproductive, unskilled hire up to speed. Pay must be accordingly.
I live in a community with a very high Fentanyl overdose rate, and here's why. About 30% of high school students drop out. Then enter seasonal employment with local ski resorts. Make fair money free of drug testing. Proud to be rad, snowboarder. Routinely get laid off every March. Can collect unemployment until the next ski season. In summer most work landscaping or painting houses for under the table cash. At about 40 years old they look in mirror coming to terms with, this is as good as it gets. No savings. No home. Rotten teeth. No health insurance. A drinking/drug addiction. Too late to excel at a trade.
As I explain in an interview, if willing to compromise you future for a mindless, dead end job, you wont be happy here.
Want to see a future, invest in yourself.