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SO that job that I alluded to earlier? The one that paid like crap?

Turns out that the rate they quoted was for 1099, not W-2. That means no taxes, no health insurance, nothing. I'd make more working as a cashier at Target.



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Feb. 25th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)

So, after you've earned 1099 wages and been laid off, none of those earning count towards any unemployment claim that you might make. When they go to figure out how much you qualify for, you will have effectively been unemployed for that entire time.

Tell them I said to go to hell.
Feb. 25th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
That sucks huge.

If you care, you could counter offer with what you consider something reasonable, or fuck it, something way over the top.
Feb. 25th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh, I did. They won't contact back. I'm pretty sure they're looking for H1B applicants.
Feb. 25th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Preferably someone with only a marginal grasp of the American dollar's buying power.
Feb. 25th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
gah! So, are they planning to sponsor the (hypothetical) H1B applicants' applications for permanent residency? At those sub-sub-optimal wages? Yeesh.
Feb. 25th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Sub-optimal wages for H1B sponsored victims is pretty common. The sponsoring company takes about 80% of the billed income, but I haven't seen one throw down with a 1099-only rate like that.
Feb. 25th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
it's insulting, that's for sure.
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I empathize. It's what I've been seeing in the 3D animation world, too.

Unfortunately, with so much of our actual workforce being off-shored to save cash for bonuses for some CEO (and, let's be honest, CIO, Creative Director, and all other levels of management), the actual workers of this country have nothing to argue with. Nothing at all.

I liked hearing Obama's State of the Union address the other day. When I heard him tell Americans to, essentially, increase their level of education, all I could think was "...because we can't compete with other nations any longer."

Of course, no one ever seems to want to talk about the fact that most of those highly-educated off-shore workers received their educations in the United States, or that said educations were paid for by their own countries, or the companies that intended to hire them. Both options would be realistic in the U.S., if it weren't for the fact that some spoiled American trust fund kid might not get their legacy entry into an Ivy League school if that happened.

In short, the problems were facing are problems that the U.S. has had for decades, but hasn't had the guts to face up to.

Frankly, I don't know if we'll fix them, even now. Too many rich people are too threatened by what he plans to push through. That scares me. A lot.
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