Received Sunday, November 23, 2008. - Rant
I work for a nice family with three kids in Manhattan. I started about 6 months ago and I work 50 hours a week for $18/hour.
The family has a wedding in Maryland in two weeks and they've asked me to go with them on the trip. Just like the mom in the Thanksgiving post, my boss asked me "what I thought was fair money wise" for the weekend. I didn't answer right away, I said I'd think about it and get back to her the next day. I talked to my mom and one of my friends about how I should calculate a weekend rate. I ended up with this equation: 4 hours for Friday evening (starting at 6:00, when my normal work day ends), 2 x 10 hours for Saturday & Sunday (at my rate of $18/hour) and then 2 x $50 for Friday & Saturday nights. That equals $532, so I rounded down to $500 because that seemed like a figure that would make me feel good about losing my whole weekend.
So, the next day I went to my boss and told her that figure and how I came to it. She didn't really say much at first but later that evening she came to me and said she'd discussed the weekend with her husband and he thought that $500 was extravagant. Apparently they were thinking something more around the $250-$300 range. I reiterated how I came to my figure and I told her that I didn't want to give up my weekend for such a small amount. She said they didn't want to start some kind of precedent with paying that much.
At this point I kind of got annoyed. Why did she ask me what I thought was fair when she already had an idea of what they wanted to pay? Why does she think my time is worth less on the weekend than during the week?
Basically, I've stuck to my guns on this issue and I think that they're just going to give in, but this whole thing has left me with such a bad taste in my mouth. Was I unreasonable? I feel a little guilty for being so inflexible, but I feel they brought this on themselves by not naming their price when they asked me to commit to the weekend.