My Grandfather told me years ago that in order to get a raise at work I should first make more money for the employer in order for the employer to have the money to give to me. A raise is a gift that is only deserved by going above and beyond the call of duty. Any other way of getting a raise is extortion and wrong.
We are all right now hurting for money, both companies and employees. It is not going to improve soon. My suggestion that we do industrywide is this. We all individually or together go into the office of each of our respective companies and tell them that we all are willing to voluntarily take a $5 reduction in pay for 4 months so that they can lower their prices in order to get work.
I did that years ago with a company I worked for and ended up getting a bigger raise than I ever expected when things got back to normal and at the end of the year made more money than if things stayed at the norm.
Let's pass the word around and consider it.