I bet if you posted an ad for a semi-skilled laborer for $16 an hour your phone would be ringing off the hook. You're right that $16 PH is what a lead guy should be making, someone with leadership and a good skillset. His attitude reminds me of an 18 - 25 YO laborer with no skills (though they know it all
.) Not a 53 YO who by all rights for his wage should take a burden off of your shoulders, not add to it.