08 June, 2012
Agreement Unravels with Unplanned Travels
I am a career nanny, household manager, and certified postpartum doula with 10 years of experience in high profile positions. About six months ago we moved to a much smaller town where nannies are not compensated as highly and jobs are harder to come by. Previously in Seattle I was averaging $18/hr for nanny jobs that I brought my daughter to (she was under a year at the time), but prior to having her I was averaging $22/hr.
I recently took a nanny position for a family where the parents work from home. Part of our deal was that I would offer them a reduced rate to work from home and have my daughter with me. I was asking $15/hr but dropped it to $11/hr. They agreed but did mention that for two weeks, three times a year they would be traveling for work and would not need me to watch their son and I would not be compensated for this time, I thought that would be fine and our family would arrange our travel during the same times. The number of times they travel has now increased to a total of six, 2 week trips all unpaid.
I feel that I need to be compensated for this difference because it wasn't in our agreement, but they are not willing/able to pay for this time despite several meetings and negotiations. My concern is that nanny jobs here are so hard to come by, especially ones with the flexibility to bring my now 13 month old daughter. I feel like if I let them go I will never find something else, but I also can't financially support my family with so much lost work. They are not open to a nanny share and they do not want me working for any additional families. I'm used to families treating me with a lot more respect, but do I just take what I can get? Thanks!!
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