I NEED more hours!

United States
September 15, 2008 11:16pm CST
I'm currently working 12 hours a month at my job. (I'm in my last semester of school.) When I accepted this contract, my employer told me I'd be working 12-15 hours a week, and I was happy with that. The plan was that I would work that much now, then 30-40 hours when I'm finished with classes in January. Fast-forward 4 months later, and I'm still working only 12 hours a MONTH! I'm also attached to this contract until next June. So when I talked with my employer about wanting to work more as we'd discussed, she informed me that there were more hours if I wanted them, but I'd have to commute 2 hours ONE WAY! When I asked her about working more hours in January (as we'd discussed,) she told me those hours would be available, but I'd need to continue this contract, AND move to where she lives, which is 3 hours away! So that means in order to get the hours, I'm going to be driving all over Texas (I'm a contracter, so I don't get paid for travel!) I'm in a position to where I could temporarily move to where she lives in January, but I really feel like I'm getting jerked around with the commuting! Any advice on how I could handle this? (Remeber, I'm really stuck in this contract until June 2009!) Should I just suck it up and take the commute?
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@rosedust82 (2074)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
hi... have you tried talking to your boss about what was promised to you? I would actually ask my boss about that if that was what was agreed on in the first place. If there really isn't anything that you can do, I guess you'll have to tough it out. Get the one that has lesser travel time. After a couple of weeks, you'll get used to the hours and won't really mind it after a while. (I used to commute two hours going to work and longer going home!) Tough it out until June and if things are still bad, then at least you can look for a job without breaching your contract.
• Canada
16 Sep 08
12 HOURS A MONTH?!! WTF?! That is pointless. Especially if you have to commute a distance. How can you be locked into a contract to work for someone if a certain number of weekly hours are not included in the contract? That SUCKS BIG TIME that they are jerking you around and only giving you 4hrs a week instead of the agreed on 12 - 15 per week. That should be a breach of contract, even verbal. Then to add an unagreed on costly commute to get the agreed hours is also another kick in the pants. It would be pointless, no profit in spending more on gas than you would make in 4 hrs. WHAT A BUNCH OF JERKS! I would get another job on the side, it's not as if this one is taking up alot of your time. Geesh! If this is how they treat you in the beginning of the relationship, how much worse will they treat you later? After they have walked all over you for a year or more, this bullsh!t will definitely continue. Is this really the type of treatment that you want to encourage?
• United States
16 Sep 08
I don't know for sure, but when I took this contract (actually, I'm a sub-contractor,) I think those were the hours they the company and my employer agreed upon. Since it's a new contract to my employer, maybe there's an issue getting the hours? I dont' know, but it still sucks for me nonetheless. The hourly pay is excellent, but unless I can get more hours, the commute still sucks! It's currently an hour one way, I work 4 hours, then drive the hour back. I do that once a week. I talked with my employer again today, and she says she talked with the company the contract is through. They're supposed to be looking into getting more clients into the program, so maybe it will get better.