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  1. 7 points
    "Fuck Em"... What can they really do? Band together and scold you? Can they come after members who are posting in real time about bad payer's? They can try, won't go anywhere... The fact of the matter is the majority of us, if not all. Run our business' with honor and pride. Which translates to paying our bills on time. Supplying the customer with the products we quoted them. Fabricating the jobs as specified. And servicing all of our customers to the best of our abilities. Are the bad payer's going to blackball all of us that have outed them? It would be redundant, since we no longer do work for them. These bad payer's are probably starting to feel the pinch. They're not getting the quality sub's they were once used to. Who knows, but if they're pissed at this site. You know this network of subs has banded together. And told them, No thanks, and No more. It's an easy fix for the bad payer's. Step up, come on this site. Apologize for mistreating their subs. Start paying deposits, and paying balances per the agreed contractual terms. This site isn't telling them how to run their business'. It's just promoting the good nationals. And pointing out the bad nationals to partner with. As far as your supply business goes. The other suppliers might want to spend more time developing or expanding their accounts. Getting the "big shops" to pay them on time. And quit worrying about another qualified competitor.
  2. 5 points
    Thank you my captain my captain! You can't see me but I am standing on my desk
  3. 4 points
    Oh lord. Tell us which distributor and I promise we will never make a purchase with them again. See how they like them apples, haha. Or are they on the east coast?
  4. 3 points
    Yes this is very sad to everyone. The " Good Guy " just trying to do the right thing. The other issue is .........These Message Center Sign Companies who sell to the General Public. ( The Florida Specials ) They advertise and sell directly to the Schools, Churches and Public. They sell the sign and send them the 15 Minute Video on how to install it. " You can do it " advice.
  5. 3 points
    But the lady on Pinterest said they do this ALL THE TIME
  6. 3 points
    I always call. No exceptions. You don't build a relationship with a vendor w/o actually talking to them.
  7. 3 points
    Discrimination ? Really ? I am a White Male, Born here in America, Speak English and went thru the Public School System. I got the same schooling as everyone else did, Blacks, Whites, Orange and Green, Male or Female College Aid.......Nothing for me, my parents worked. I have been discriminated against my entire adult life. In Civil Service, It was minority hiring....1 White male for every 3 minorities. ( Failures too ) Then it was the Women. They could not pass the Physical Test. Again they and all the Minorities got special free schooling to pass the test. I had to pay. ( All the White Boys ) Same with all promotional tests. In the Sign Business, and other businesses, I lose to all the Minority Contractors and Women Owned businesses. That's the law. Some Companies go as far as asking are you Women Owned, Minority Owned, Gay, Transgender, Bi-Sexual and ...... My fault is I get up everyday at 6 am and work 6 Days a week, for over 30 years. I am the Minority I agree with Sign Lady. I am entitled to what I earn, because I work for it.
  8. 3 points
    http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/STMG/sott_201608/#/110 Oh boy Robin Donovan of Signs of The Times is a Doooofus. Looked at a few things about her and it appears Wade left the sign industry typewriter with a Greeny, Hippy, Meditating, Buddahish........Activist. She's one of those that believes that "Hands up don't shoot" by Michael Brown in Ferguson really happened. Nothing more than a thug who robbed a store, beat up the store tenant, and assualted a police officer and tried to take his gun away from him and probably murder him with it. So I'm sure her typewriter hands have been clinched waiting for an opportunity to spam about Fear, Pain, & Ugliness, portraying false victimization and White Guilt on a industry magazine....the best place for this? Most of the people holding up signs #Black Lives Matters really have no clue where to truly place their anger and message, it sure isn't at our law enforcement community nor stopping traffic and interrupting everyday citizens normal lives. BLM is a thuggish movement about to borderline a domestic terrorist movement. I once coined Wade Swormstedt as the "Community Organizer", which he lost when he turned this magazine around for the better, but she....robin Truly earned this new title but it's more fitting than it ever has!
  9. 3 points
    I dont do it for nationals, but I do drive around towns and write down and take a pic of outages and give the list to a salesman to call
  10. 2 points
    Sign Suppliers selling to anyone for that extra dollar. I know it well. I can not blame anyone for trying to make more money or extra money on the side. We all have done it. When a supplier goes into business selling to the trades, that is his profession and that is what he is building his business on If the Supplier wants to sell to the public and or manufacture themselves and sell directly. Let them. You can do the same. Buy Direct. Buy someplace else. Knock them out of the picture. Make them hurt. I did it several times with a supplier. I stopped ordering from them. Sometimes I paid less, Sometimes I paid more. But that supplier lost everything from me. That was a big hit to them and they felt it immediately. New Suppliers want your business and want their competitors out of business also. The suppliers came back to me and with better pricing and service. They also changed their policies. Get a few shops together on this and watch the impact you will make.
  11. 2 points
    it's a shame that Michaels would allow this, someone should send it to corporate
  12. 2 points
    This is a no win for the owner. Yes I allow my employees to make their own projects for their own usage. They can do it on their time only They let me know before they start and tell me what it is for and what they are going to use. In General, I have no real concerns or problems. If it keeps everyone happy, so be it. Here is the problems........ It amazes me how fast they get their work completed, start to finish. Why cant they do my work as fast ? I let them use everything and anything they need to. Complete access to everything. I ask that they pay for all new materials, ( Sometimes ) Otherwise I hope they use scraps if they can When they have to reach into their pockets to pay, it becomes a fight on material costs. Ask about Labor Costs and they will tell how many minutes they used. Forget about any damages to my equipment, Don't go there because it would have happened at anytime. You cant win on this subject. When I see them abuse the " Benefits " I stop it.
  13. 2 points
    I'm going to avoid the comments above but throw in my two cents (which may be all my post is worth but..). Way back in the dark ages when signs were still hand painted, a company called Gerber Scientific came out with the first good vinyl plotter. And yes, there may have been others, but this was the first one that (at least in my area) saw large sales. The local sign writers bemoaned the fact that now any "monkey with two fingers" (a phrase I heard more than once) could now lay out and make signs. Other phrases like "its ruining the industry", "taking away jobs", etc. flew about. I wonder if the first mass produced brushes got the same kind of comments? We used to make wholesale channel letters (all by hand) and after I saw the Gerber 4-B at other shops, I tricked (long story) my father into buying one. it cost $10K (in 1982 dollars) when that was a tidy sum. it came with a whopping seven fonts. It saved us a lot of time, allowed us to stop hand cutting/reverse spraying faces, making letter patterns, etc. I was just learning to hand letter at the time, but that was left on the wayside. I still wish I had fully learned to hand letter but i digress. Anyway, channel letter benders are just another tool. In the hands of an experienced shop they can really be a money maker. Digital printers are another similar item. If you know how to use them (and market that service) you can make a lot of dough. In the 21st century channel letters, digital prints, aluminum extrusions, etc. are all commodities. You can buy an assemble-it / install-it yourself set of channel letters on-line from at least one source. I wonder when Amazon or Walmart will start carrying channel letters, cabinet signs, etc. Now, anyone with deep enough pockets can gain entry to the sign business, be it with electric signs, vinyl graphics, 3d carved signs, etc. by buying the right equipment AND hiring the right people. TBH, isn't that the new business model in these times. If you have enough $, you can get into most any business. Put together a business plan, get a loan, assemble a team, rent appropriate space, buy "stuff" and run with it. It will never be as easy as the franchise salespeople would make you believe, but people will try and some will succeed. Now I'm putting on my helmet, body armor and hunkering down in my foxhole and try to avoid the shrapnel.
  14. 2 points
    Steve, I think we had the same teacher in the same business school. I have never " Not been Paid " by anyone. I have zero collections because of the above business policies. By the way.....I have " repossessed " Church signs right before Holidays , National Chain Restaurants just before Opening Day and placed Liens on National Chains and their Top Management People. No one or Nothing is off limits when they attempt to steal from me. Once they see that you are not fooling around, they always pay. AND DO NOT forget to charge for all the additional time, legal expenses and aggregation. If you remove the signs, they pay additional for that and then to install them again. No Mercy NO Credit Cards on problem Jobs. Credit Cards can be cancelled up to 18 months later and then you are F#$&ed This only happens once every few years when we don't follow our own policy No Deposit means no work, Problems with Deposits means problems with the balance
  15. 2 points
    Obviously human error ! The entire sling and lifting set up was wrong from the start. As soon as it lifted off, the sign flipped and it was to late. Did you see the Real Sign Company truck drive by just before the fall.
  16. 2 points
    Great article, well thought out and written. I agree on the shipping portion as neon is always a issue in shipping. Also the amount of qualified neon shops has diminished by 80+ % or more. I also think as time goes on fewer shops will be able to diagnose and repair neon fluorescent and HID signs. Eventually it will be so bad that some towns wont have a way to service anything but LED's. As we have spoken about before I have wondered if light degradation and the importance is a huge issue. Not that it fixes the problem but likely most storefront shops wont survive 5 years, will have moved or have rebranded. Lastly I agree wholeheartedly about trade mags and associations. Harder to stand up to your friends then enemies.
  17. 2 points
    Magazines need money to publish and stay profitable. Corporations and Manufacturers pay the bills. Its all about the money. Not the truth or end users
  18. 2 points
    Sell him the LEDs. Remove and save his old neon. When the LEDs fail in 2-3 years, you can sell him back his neon Can't fix stupid.
  19. 2 points
    Hahaha - You would be surprised how often I hear "is there somebody else there I can talk to?" My husband gets on the phone and tells them the EXACT same thing I just told them (him) and they say "okay". I think it must be my southern accent. LOL ..... WOW - seeing that in color REALLY makes my decision for me. I am not going to sell this guy something that he is going to look at me in a year and wonder why it looks so bad. Just not going to do it. Because when it goes South he won't remember all of the conversations we have had about it not being a good idea to change it out. He will just insist that I fix it. Given the costs I have already gotten for the LED (not including labor), not going to eat it, that's for sure - and that's what he would expect me to do. The install there currently is a REALLY BAD version of the conventional shown above. They have entirely too many feet per transformer for starters is the main thing we have found - but I believe it is 18mm glass. I will have to pull the work folder and look at the survey. I am currently working on the diagrams to get the EXACT linear feet drawn out - been using "close" numbers up to this point just for pricing sake. I will send you one when I finish it and that way we can compare real world instead of hypotheticals just for shits and giggles. hahaha I SO appreciate you sending this to me - hopefully it will be enough to convince him to stay with the neon.
  20. 2 points
    Like I originally said in the beginning of this post, not only a shitty weld but where is the sleeve inside the pipe at the weld point? Duh. Morons can kill.
  21. 2 points
    That's funny. Obviously it's different to each person but I'd say 75% of my FB friends were for Trump, more quite and not so vocal but it almost seemed like the opposition had a smaller audience. I never had intention of posting these here but since we're on the subject. I have to say that years ago when Dole ran for office and made his acceptance speech which was held at the GOP Convention here in San Diego, I decided at the last moment to go. Oddly enough I had no problem finding parking with 1 hour to go to speech time. The Convention was dead, at that point I knew he was going to lose, there was no energy. Fast Forward to this election cycle, Kirstie and I jumped at the opportunity to go to one of Trumps Rally's here in San Diego. Most of you who follow know what happened here in San Diego and the violence that came. We went, and I felt a certain duty to go, but I wanted to see "the movement". Unlike other cities when it came to Trump Rally's, SDPD didn't fuck around and quickly knocked out the unruly law breakers We had to park several city blocks away and walk, rocked our Trump shirts and walked through all the protesters. The protesters weren't really Bernie or Hillary supporters and I didn't see too many holding up signs of other candidates. These protesters were mainly very young, college age, old and young hippies, Hispanic and their message was that of anarchy, not for the opposing candidates. Inside the convention center itself, the supports were numerous, I mean a sea of supporters NOTHING like I saw for the Republican Convention for Dole. The energy and diversity of all those who showed was HUGE. By no means was the crowd of supports a "white thing" as the press would try and have you believe, you had people from such a huge variation of background and diversity. After the Rally, the police had to detour and funnel us out a different direction because the entrance was now bombarded with protesters on borderline rioting. You had thousands and thousands of supporters coming out, but compared to the protesters they were small and minute. Maybe a hundred or two. They were just loud, probably professionals. We went to a bar (one of my customers) and had lunch, at that time things were getting out of hand (un-beknown to us) at the convention center and legions of police made their way to the center as you can see the look on Kirstie's face while I held my camera out to snap a pic. San Diego known for the diversity, being at the rally, at that point I had little doubt Trump would win. The Energy, the numbers of supporters, it seemed like destiny to me. On Social Media for me, it seemed to be dominated by Supporters for Trump. For my networks it seemed to be more dominated by women than men. I think the women had bigger balls than most men (sorry guys) when it came to social media posts, comments, battles. Haha Anyway, thought I would share this.
  22. 2 points
    Matthew.....is that an inside joke? Two spelling errors while correcting someone else's???
  23. 2 points
    Any of the morons claiming that they will move to canada will not be missed by any of us!
  24. 2 points
    Thank you for the kind words Dom. One day I hope to have a beer with you,hopefully under one of the signs I did I was asked why I posted this, and if anyone is wondering it's because lately in person and over the phone I've been helping/doing some things with members of this site and they let me know how much they appreciate it, and I let them know how much I appreciate what they have done for me now, and in the past.....and well it's reciprocal. So I thought back to the old conversation above and I thought that to be sad. Wish I could elaborate more on it, as there is more to it and behind it, but it's not important. Some people will be lonely all their lives and those that wish to follow under them in that work motto will be too.
  25. 2 points
    My Invoice states....All products delivered to the purchaser under this contract shall remain the property of Paul Signs Inc. whether the same have been installed in or attached to real property or not. Until the purchase price is paid in full, Paul Signs Inc. shall have the right to to repossess its products and to enter upon and sever the same from any real property where delivered or installed. It works. We always are paid.
  26. 2 points
    I thought I would bring up a good point here since it was brought up in a few other areas like The National Sign & Service Company Review List here I would STRONGLY suggest those of you that attend this event to raise your hand and and ask some valuable questions that I'm sure will silence the room, and at the same time educate the person you're asking AND everyone else around you. I would also STRONGLY suggest your partner, friend, or significant other could video record while you ask this question to some of the National Sign Company panelists these valuable questions. These questions apply in most states as you know most have contractors license laws especially here on the west coast, CA, AZ, TX, NV, WA, etc etc. A number National Sign Companies and National Service Companies who have national accounts can't even legally work in most states, let alone legally execute contacts. These are a few questions that ISA will NOT bring up or address. These questions help in assisting the states who have contractors licensing laws in place to protect the consumer, the primary contractor and the subcontractor AND even suppliers. • Do you have a contractors license in my state to legally hire me as a subcontractor? After all, only a licensed contractor can legally subcontract, AND as you know ONLY a licensed contractor can sign and execute contracts of maintenance, improvement and modifications in my state with a consumer • Do you pay your subs according to most state contractors licensing laws mandate of 30 days? • Some National Sign Companies abuse the state mandated 30 day net terms subject to prosecution and use subcontractors as their own personal line of credit extending them out 60 to 180 days without payment. Do YOU do that, and if I front my own recourses, cash flow, and payroll can I expect to be paid according to the legal terms? • For large jobs do you give deposits as you have received from the consumer PLEASE, video, ask and report back here the days after the sign expo. Curious minds would like to hear and know.....most importantly send us the video. Better yet, if there is a panel, as you record, ask each panelist from each company to answer the same set of questions so we can display here. P.S. - After talking to a few GOOD National Sign Companies believe me when I say, they want companies like YOU to ask & address these concerns publicly because THEY aren't the low bidder who has to find way to cut corners, and most importantly, they pay their subs on time and everyone is happy, especially the consumer
  27. 2 points
    We have some very BIG changes coming to The Sign Syndicate that we will be announcing soon, a few to be exact. It's going to change the landscape a little bit, and I'm going to have to give some deep consideration/thought on a few longtime aspects on this board because it may even alter those as well, or maybe not. Some may not like it, some people who already dislike what we do here will REALLY hate it and us now. But I have to admit...I'm excited about it because I love what I do and I love this industry. Maybe we'll announce it on the board first or maybe we'll announce it on your Youtube.com SS Video Updates. We'll see. Stay Tune!
  28. 2 points
    If you build your business, Forget all the Blue Books and Bidding companies..Its a waste of time. Build your business on quality and service. Then your reputation will get you more work then you want.
  29. 2 points
    Ditto, all the sentiments expressed above. I am tired of writing off bad debt to worthless national companies. When someone we have not worked with sends a project, the first two things I do is run a credit check and log into SS to see if anyone has posted their experience. If it becomes public knowledge that there are a group of nationals and vendors banding to try and shut this site down I will do everything I can to not purchase materials, or accept further work from the guilty parties ( if we are still doing business with them ....). Keep up the good work. It is nice to have a resource that is not censored like the trade rags or controlled by ISA.
  30. 2 points
    Just to shed light on this whole mystery thread, let me add this information to the issue at hand. Mark is correct that RMS (Retail Maintenance Service) did indeed change its name to "Ascential". It was then consumed by "Facility Source" which is now owned by Warburg-Pincus. WB being a venture capital and investment firm which would explain the intricacies and vagueness of their contract. I am quite sure after reading their Manifesto, it would be quite impossible to be paid on a timely basis. However, the afforementioned RMS is not the same company as Retail Maintenance Specialists who are listed on the Sign Syndicate forum. I have experience with this company and can say that they, as well, are an avoid at all cost company. Apparently we were confusing the two companies but my friend Mark has experience with the RMS turned Ascential and has had a bad experience. But the two companies should not be confused. Blink your eyes and the company you were dealing with has changed like a pair of dirty work pants and you never quite know who you are dealing with. This NSP "Acid Trip" our industry has embarked on is truly something to behold. Anyhow, I still decline to work for Retail Maintenance Specialists and have amicably declined to accept any contracts from the said Facility Source/Ascential. This website has been and will continue to be a wonderful source of information to me that has helped keep my aggravation index at a manageable level. Best
  31. 2 points
    I to have for many years told people about the site on my many journeys. Being one of the first couple of members have seen the site grow, grow and grow. Many have told me that the site wont last like some other sites that just go away or get over run by one or two people, but probably has close to or more members than some of the magazines in the trade keeping in mind that the mags send multiple copies to each shop for different peep's where I know some shops on here have one member and share the site with others in the office. Way to go Erik and Kgirl.
  32. 2 points
    I shamelessly copied this from the neon list as I thought many on here would want to know------- About 2 weeks ago, my business partner and best friend, Garett, was diagnosed with a golf ball-sized brain tumor. Fortunately it appears to be non-malignant and located in a place where it can fairly easily be removed (to the extent any brain surgery is easy!) On Tuesday, the best neurosurgeons in San Diego will remove the tumor in an estimated 3 hour operation. If things go well he'll be in the hospital for about 2-3 days and have a 4-6 week recovery. Let's all pray for a 100% successful outcome. If you want to send him best wishes, you may do so at gc@fluxeon.com. His wife Holly will be keeping up with this account until Garett can again do so. I'll keep the list updated until Garett can come back online. John --John DeArmond Tellico Plains, Occupied TN http://www.fluxeon.com <-- THE source for induction heaters http://www.neon-john.com <-- email from here http://www.johndearmond.com <-- Best damned Blog on the net
  33. 2 points
    I hate the thought of having to work with the union in any capacity. I will not take on any work that requires working with union people. We set up for a show in New York a few years past and was told that if we even plugged in a drop cord they would not set up our display. CRAZY!
  34. 2 points
    You're way off the mark here, Erik. "Do nothings"? Really? Did you wake up grouchy and want to pick at any topic you clearly don't understand? What gives you the right to stand on the outside and cast barbs at those that devote a good portion of each day to making the industry better. I've been active in our state and national sign associations for over 25 years and it's bums like you that rant on as to what's wrong but are always missing from the table when the issues are discussed in a fair and open arena (not this sandbox of a forum). I tell you, your words and gross generalizations do nothing but drag the entire effort down, that's for sure. Next time the ISA or CSA Boards meet to discuss ALL the issues confronting the industry, I'd like to see you there. Oh wait, no, you'll be outside exclaiming how rotten the bastards are that are inside doing their best to bring credibility and stability to the industry. Wise up.
  35. 1 point
    Erik, I have worked with Keystone also, they are based here in Pennsylvania, good technical support too. So don’t write them off either.
  36. 1 point
    I split these posts off to create it's own topic because it's far too interesting to get lost in the shuffle in a LED discussion. Those are some awesome pics Frank, thanks for sharing those....oh and by all means I don't think anyone here can get tired from hearing about Neon!
  37. 1 point
    I agree with the other guys. I allow my folks to use my place for their own stuff. Never for profit. I think it sends the message to the customer that it was so small you didn't want to mess with it. I don't ever want one of my customers to feel that way. Like with anything else, there is always going to be that one that you give an inch and they take 10 miles and abuse it. If ever one of mine abused it, it would stop for all. I am kind to a point, but don't take advantage of my kindness. Sounds like you already know what you need to do. Probably going to be hard to do it, but you can't let employees, no matter how great, to take advantage of you. Especially while using your place, your equipment and your materials! Not cool.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    If you move your mouse over their name a small window should pop up and you should see "ignore user". I think that's the one you want
  40. 1 point
    We do more then Signs. We recently were called to remove Ice that was falling from a 7 story building. the Ice was 4 - 5 inches thick and filled the window sills. As the weather warms up, the Ice falls to the ground. This is a problem here in NYC, a real head ache It's always another adventure here
  41. 1 point
    I have some things I can attach here, be back in a bit gotta drop the kiddos off at school
  42. 1 point
    His trucks are even more beautiful in person than in the pics he posts. Real pin stripping too by the man himself. He has an awesome family too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. 1 point
    Sorry all, I've had my head up my ass lately with work and have neglected to be active here on the site besides a quick hi and bye. We will be doing some video updates again and also get to our much neglected Review Forum which is going to be updated and changed for the better which will include National Sign Companies, Subs, MFG's and Distributors. Many have been asking about how to be on the membership map and quite frankly, it's obsolete with the new Sign & Service Directory that I have been slowly crawling. Also, speaking of video updates, I thought I'd give you all a quick sneak peek of some cool add ons we will be integrating at the start and ending with when it comes to the Sign Syndicate video updates. Joseph Licari of Bay Graphics, a board vendor of the Syndicate who did these! Pretty fricken BADASS I think! It also shows what he can do for you when it comes to making presentations for your proposals that you send to your client to help tip the scale in your favor in finalizing a contract. As you know presentation and first impressions are EVERYTHING!!! Anyway, check out these sneak peeks of something to come in our upcoming video updates Daytime
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Not that it needs to be said about today but today, 11 yeas ago the world changed for our generation and the ones to follow. Some members on here it effected more than others in differnt parts of the country being so close but never the less effected us all. Take a minuite and think about the freedoms we have and have lost. My commute only took a little over 2 hours this morning and on every station on the radio there were people telling where they were and what they saw. even though traffic was slow it was like everyone was thinking the same, there were no zig-zaging, tailgating or basic BS going on, I did not see one American flag on any car like years past but the moment will never be forgotten. Every year since the incident this day has been sunny and cloudless, Rite now clouds are starting to roll in a flat translucent pattern. Maybe the 3000 innocent souls are looking down on us? If they are, You are not forgotten I heard a line on TV last night from a widow and she said her husband always said "live today like it is your last 'cause sooner or later that day will come." Amen to that. Have a great day all.
  46. 1 point
    I used the wire and boots on the Coney Island Carousell job and they were a real pleasure to work with I used 500 ft of wire and a few hundred of the boots. The wire was very user friendly, Didn't cover me with powder and the way that the boots are rounded at both ends on the straights are very nice to work with. The white ceramic bushings hold the background paint good as well. Oh yeah-- The wooden rolls are great for extension cords when the wire is done, No fall apart boxes and also give us short people a few extra inches in the shop when giants build tables to accommodate them.
  47. 1 point
    "I still haven't replaced my roof. May do it myself with some of my employees. After all, anyone can do roofing." I have been an electrician for many years. I was thinking of doing electro-cardiograms for St. Judes Hospital in Fullerton. Since I know electricity, I figure I most likely can perform the procedure. To reiterate what my friend ALLTEX wrote, "Anyone can do it". Best
  48. 1 point
    Not sure about other companies. I pay my guys very fair wages and benefits. I expect them to do the job I am paying them for. It's impossible for one person to do the actual work of 2 or more people in the same amount of time. Unless the 2 or more people are not pulling their weight. Your post reminded me of a former employee who just left my employ for a $2.00 hike in pay. (not saying your like this guy) He had the ability to take his Journeyman test for 6 months. Once he passed, he would receive a $3.00 raise from me. He never took the test. His reason for leaving was, "He didn't make enough money last year, and didn't get enough over time." He was with me for over 3 years, and a valued hard working employee. But he could not legally be a lead man on his own truck as an apprentice. He is now driving over 50 miles each way for his new job. Versus the 18 miles each way working for me. Now lets add the 35 days he missed work last year. Yes 35 days. Now add in the fact his co workers had to pick up his slack. Which made each job take longer, and me cost more. To summarize, missing 7 weeks of work unpaid, plus his 2 weeks of paid vacation. Left us 1 man short for 2 1/2 months. His $16.00 extra a day is lost on fuel. Not to mention the extra 1 1/2 hour drive coming out of his personal time. If someone quits working for me to go to a competitor. They will never be re hired by me. I expect my employees to treat my business as it were their own. The more they put into it, the more they get in return. We operate the same way. There must be some psychology behind people quitting after ~4 years. So many have and it always seems that it becomes our fault that they choose not do pull their weight. We will pay anyone more money if they put in the effort. Seems the better we treat someone and the more money we pay, the bigger the burr up their rears. We took all of our employees (and spouses) to Mexico one year - to an all-inclusive resort. After we all got back, each one started slacking. I would have guessed it would have been motivation. That was in November and two got a $2K bonus at Christmas. They were both gone within six months and now are working for less and most likely not being given bonuese like that nor vacations. We have a happy environment - very laid back. Never do we say no to a vacation request. Heck, we rarely say no to any requests. Anyone have a clue why this happens?
  49. 1 point
    True, but every tax is a tax on someone or something to pay for something else. I pay taxes, some of which go to the DOE which is doing research to support the LED industry, which has blanketed the world with misleading (or patently false) information on neon and cold-cathode. My taxes also pay to research and dispose of private companies spent nuclear fuel and pay for their insurance (as no private insurance company will touch nuclear power generation). I'd get a tax increase had I not bought a home (and taken the home mortgage interest deduction). Is the government compelling me to buy a home? Maybe so. If I had not (or decided to sell my home) I will pay higher taxes. Ayn Rand would roll over in her grave if she knew. Do I approve of it? No, but like all taxes I pay it and just try to elect folks that carry my vision forward of a fair world and concentrate on my own business ventures in the mean time. Obamacare hardly seems socialist. If anything it is Fascist: giving more power to the private insurance companies. Any guise of a "public" insurance plan was quickly killed by both parties. The "individual mandate" was a Republican idea, born out of the Heritage Foundation and included in the 1993 alternative to "Hillarycare", and certainly a centerpiece of "Romneycare". I've no doubt that if McCain were president right now repubs would be pushing a similar plan and the left would be railing against it with all the vitriol they could muster. If healthcare is going to change or cost less or be less profitable to someone, then that someone is going to loudly complain about it anyway they can. Who wouldn't? Nobody wants to get less money for their products or services. The status quo sucks to some, but is quite nice to others. Depends on where you are in the scheme. My point? The contradictions are everywhere and will never go away. Just learn about the issues from multiple sources - try to understand both sides and make your best choice at the ballot box every couple of years. Like Dominic I'm neither Liberal nor Conservative. I've voted for both sides. My perspective is just as I see things... as a person who's spent his entire life running multiple small businesses.
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    Rocco, Whats this all about ? This is the reason that when anyone purchases equipment they need to use major names. Reliability, service and safety is what the bottom line is.
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