Received Thursday, July 1, 2010
I have worked for you for almost two and a half years. I love your children and have seen them grow and learn. I have worked for you longer than anyone else who is with you at the moment.
True I am young (26) and in school for post-grad work. You have been nice and have let me have time off around my midterms and finals. But to e-mail me and tell me that, by the way, we will not need you these next two Mondays, is not ok. I still have to pay my rent. This is my JOB. I am not just doing this for fun no matter how much I love your children.
You said you could help me find extra hours. You said I could add an hour to the others days I work until 10 hours are made up (the total hours I would lose for two Monday shifts). While I appreciate your thought (and will take you up on it, because really I have no choice and need the money) that does not mean that it is just ok to do this. Especially when I am the 'senior' babysitter working for you, with the other woman having worked for you for 6 months, not even close to how long I have been with you.)
You say you have to look at priorities. You took away my two Mondays because of this:
You are going on a trip on Friday and Saturday (two of the days the other woman works for you) and you told this other woman she could make up the Friday and Saturday that she is losing; the problem being the only days she can make up are Mondays, when I work. So you took two Mondays away from me to give to her because I am more 'part-time' (I work 10-12 while this other woman works 30).
I do not see this as fair. Is there something I am not seeing here? This is no way to treat people even if I am 'part-time.' You have refused a raise, and have refused to pay me what I am paid by other families on the weekends even though you have three kids which makes my weekend rate even more acceptable since $20/hr is what I get paid on the weekends for two kids from another family. How do you not understand that $15/hr especially on a Saturday for three children is not enough?
While I love your kids, and they love me since you have told me that they constantly ask when I am coming over, I cannot wait to quit at the end of July.