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Ghostbuster (Ghostbuster)
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2000 - 10:38 am:   

And, another thing.

Since we are EMPLOYEES of a temp service, why are we providing free vehicle use? At least Renfroe pays for the one way travel expenses to get to the storm, why don't the rest? It really would be best if the vendors paid the vehicle expense and travel expenses.

Why are we paying for what should be the vendors business expense? We used to be true independent contractors, as some of us still are, and paid under an IRS1099, but by being an EMPLOYEE the worm has turned. It is high time that the vendors realize that with State Farm being a client, the rules and ways of doing business have changed. No longer should we as EMPLOYEES be required to pay expenses that belong to the vendor.
Ghostbuster (Ghostbuster)
Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2000 - 9:10 pm:   

Now it has come to pass that State Farm, effective June 30 will require that the temp employees hired as claim reps have their own cell phone and pagers for the use of State Farm. No longer will State Farm provide this equipment for the conduct of State Farm business as was agreed in the last contract with the various vendors. Yes, you will be paid #2.00 per file for them to use YOUR equipment for their business or $5.00 per day while on per diem.

OK, yes, I know that cell phones and pagers are now standard kit out on the road and are invaluable tools of the trade. Yes, I know that other cheap-a** carriers require them also.

However, the difference is that we are EMPLOYEES of a vendor that have trained to be accepted for State Farms rigorus file requirements. We are EMPLOYEES using State Farms computers. We are EMPLOYEES that are paid far less on the medium size losses as we are not on a sliding fee scale. For State Farm to change the rules in mid stream, while not out of character, is something the vendors should have the courage to deal with.

I contend that since we are merely EMPLOYEES of the various vendors, the VENDORS should be the ones to provide the pagers and cell phones for the companies use!!! Are the State Farm kids be forced to use their own equipment for the glory of Lil' Ed? Then neither should the EMPLOYEES of the vendors.

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