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I believe that the correct term is "slave," as in "wage slave," rather
Contractors take their benefits in cash. Slaves take theirs as "golden
From: John Posada [mailto:posada -at- FAXSAV -dot- COM]
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 1998 6:18 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: Re: Re: Reduce page count WAS Re: secretary's day
In my specific case, it was purely political. When my quality and level
of output was compared with that of the permies doing similar work, the
difference was very noticeable... and contractors can't show up the
Shoot...I'm an equal-opportunity show-up...give me the chance and I'll
to have my work show up ANYONE...if they can't keep up, "bummer, dude!"
Does this mean that I have to look for the lowest performing "permie"
set my standard to be a notch below?
It's become a joke at my last two assignments...when we'd go out for a
beers after work, the subject would always come up about contractor Vs
employee. When I'd mention I'm a contractor, someone would always slide
"then you pickup the check cause you're rich!" However, not once did I
it meant, or take it as, an insult. it was just a fact of life. All else
being equal, contractors get paid more than perm employees. Everyone
it. They chose their way and I chose mine.
Maybe I've been lucky and have not experienced any them/us in ANY of my
contracts, but in the other hand, I don't work that way. I've gone out
my way to act LIKE an employee...show up on time, work the full day,
my boss when I'm gonna be late or leave early, etc.
It's probably my imagination, but do I detect a bit of scorn and
Mr. Somers talks of "permies?" Perhaps I'm being oversensitive (yes, I'm
that's it). I was under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that being a
contractor was a choice, motivated by high pay and flexibility. Heck,
considering trading my cloistered and privileged "permie" status for the
cruel world of the contract for just those reasons. If there's a flaw in
reasoning, please enlighten me.
There's no flaw. If you know the down side: if you take a day off or a
vacation, you don't get paid. You are expected to be up to speed at a
job the day after you walk in. Your contract can end abruptly.
But seriously folks...I've worked with some great contract people and
worked with several losers. The same is true for permanent employees. At
was there any "political" consideration or thought that we couldn't let
"contract" show up the "permies." We expect the contract people to be
None at any of my contracts either.
since we pay them top dollar. The bottom line is getting the best
the door to our customers. The good news for Mr. Somers is the fact that
to leave at the end of his contract.
John Posada, Technical Writer (and proud of the title)
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