Re: What Can We Do?

Subject: Re: What Can We Do?
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 14:15:01 -0400

Al Geist wrote:

especially when you know that contracts, in some cases, aren't worth the paper their printed on. You just accept that and hope the next company you work for has ethics.

There are practical aspects to this stuff, too. Over the past three years I've done a lot of work for a certain very big bank here, as a direct contractor. They've bought about half my time over that period, in three stints. Those episodes each ended on less notice than our contract required, but the fact I didn't grouse about it was certainly important to being asked back.

Unfortunately, a merger has turned that big bank into an even bigger bank (the biggest, actually), the folks I've worked for aren't in hiring positions any more, and I have to assume I won't be returning. Now that my business is slow, it's tempting to think I should've insisted on billing those weeks I didn't get -- but that's the wrong calculation, because being easy to work with got me a lot of their business in the first place.

And maybe somebody will remember. Never know. Honey trumps vinegar.



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