Friday, May 09, 2008

Good news/Bad news

The good news first, 'cause I'm just like that.

I had my last algebra class today before our final next week, we got our tests back from Tuesday, I got a 101 out of a possible 109 points, I made a couple of bone-headed mistakes, oh well. HOWEVER...I calculated that I could get a 30 on my final and still get an "A" as my final grade!

Woo-hoo! Of course, being me, I can't NOT try my absolute best to get an A on the final, anyway. Even though I don't need it.

Now the bad news.

The following memo was waiting for my in my distro-box at work (today was my Monday):

(NO salutation!)

Effective May 30, 2008 there will no longer be an hourly wage for all service providers. We are moving forward with the 30 percent commission. You will receive one extra percent per year you have been with the company up to 35 percent. You will continue to receive your health benefits and paid time off as long as you are on property for 32 hours per week. Providers will continue to clock in and out and will be responsible for maintaining your hourly count. We are working diligently to make sure this is a profitable transition for you and the company. If you have any questions please feel free to see me or ________. Sincerely, ___________

Basically I'll be losing a boat-load of money every paycheck. Yes, the commission has increased...from 25%! That doesn't make up for what we're losing. Not to mention that I'll only be making money when we're busy. If I don't get any services, I don't get paid. I'm really, really glad we keep our benefits, believe me! I'm in the middle of orthodontia, and it would suck if everything came out-of-pocket all of a sudden. Not to mention I have some surgery planned as well.

If only people tipped better, that would make a big difference!

Well, I had my schedule changed so I have three days off per week. Time to find a part-time job.



HollyB said...

AWW, that blows CHUNKS!!!
Would it help if we all made VooDoo Dolls of the corporate decision makers and stuck them with pins DAILY?

Christina LMT said...

Oooooh, yeah! Then I'll just observe really closely who's twitching on the elevator, and I'll know who's responsible for this bullshit!

Lin M. said...

That just bites! I only get a massage now about every 12 weeks, where I used to do it monthly, but I always tipped $20 on a $65 massage.

Flight instructing was like that. You were expected to be on site 8 hours a day, but on got paid if you were up in the air with a student. There were weekends I put in 20 hours, answering questions on the phone and keeping the airplanes tidy, wherein I didn't make a dime.

And they wondered why the turnover to the schools that paid a guarantee each month was so high.

Christina LMT said...

Lin, you are a very generous tipper, I'm sure your therapist appreciates you.

What pisses me off so much about this is that they're taking it AWAY from us. It would be different if I'd applied for the position knowing that it's commission only, but to have an hourly wage for over a year (and some of the therapists have been here six years or more), and then have the higher-ups say, "Oh, sorry, you can't have this anymore." is pretty shitty.

phlegmfatale said...

well done on the algebra exam, but I totally knew you would rock it out!

That SO sucks about the switch from hourly wage. In fact, it's damned chintzy of them. Jerks.

Christina LMT said...

I called the labor commissioner for the state of Nevada today, just to ask if it was even legal what they're doing...yup, it is. As long as they give us 7 days' written notice, and as long as we continue to make at least minimum wage, they can make whatever changes to the wage schedule they want.