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Taking action is vital.

Posted By: lk on 2008-12-24
In Reply to: Again, we make pretty big concessions to be in our line of work ... - Eh

I totally agree that if you are unhappy, it is so much better to take action that to wallow in it. What I don't totally understand is why so many MTs stay at companies that treat them poorly. There are good companies out there that DON'T reaquire you to spend time e-mailing, IM'ing, and doing nonproductive unpaid work. And many of those companies that say they offer a maximum of 8 cpl have decent production bonuses that can bring that to 10 cpl. Some even give raises, believe it or not. And there ARE companies that will offer more than 8 cpl to start, and have steady work to boot. Changing jobs is painful, and it can take a few moves before you find the right one. But why not try? I just don't feel that an attempt at unionizing is going to solve the problem. But hey, if you think it will, all power to you and best of luck in your efforts.

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Good for you for taking action to
change careers. Enjoy the kids.
Seriously, what's the point of posting if you're gonna leave out the most vital info? nm
Course of Action

1. File a complaint with the labor board.

2.File a civil action against the company.

Class action
You might have enough people to bring a class action, or just go together to hire an attorney...

Good luck!
D&L class action?
I think a bigger problem is many people complain, put up with it, or leave and complain but do not follow through - Otherwise how did it get so bad? I think everyone needs to fight back to this company and every company that does this THE FIRST time - if you bounce a check or do not pay what happens - you get it on your credit - send notes to the credit agency - you are a business - IC - and tell them - send them your unpaid invoices and they will place it on their credit report.
That's when we do a class-action and
Doesn't that sound like a plan?
that sounds like action to me

You may be one, but I am sure you will inspire others to join you. 

what action can I take for nonpayment?

I am having the same issue with 2 different companies. IF you are an employee, you can call the labor board and they can assist you. IF NOT...if you are an independent contractor it is a lot more difficult. The labor board will not assist an IC. Then your only option is to hire a lawyer in NJ and file suit against the company there. If the company owes less than the limit for small claims court, you can file in small claims court but you have to physically go there to appear in court...if you win, all you get is a judgment, i.e. a piece of paper. The court will not make the company pay the judgment, it is up to you to collect that. If it is over the limit for small claims, you have to have a lawyer file suit in district court. Of course...even if you win, the lawyer has to be paid so make sure you are owed enough for it to make it worthwhile to go that route. Now, if the company gives you a check that bounces, that's a whole other issue. Then you have to send a certified letter giving them (usually...varies by state) 10 days to pay the check and any bank fees you have accumulated becuase the check bounced. If they do not, then your only course of action is to send the check and a complaint to the district attorney where the company is and ask them to collect. The district attorney will send the compnay a letter and if they don't pay the check, then they will file suit against the company and will in fact arrest the owner. All of this takes ages of course and that is probably not going to help the immediate issue which is you need the money you earned! yeah...I understand completely. Good luck.

Plan of action comment

While you really cannot do anything about the parting of the ways unless there is a provision in your contract to cover this, you can do something about getting your money.  If I were you, I would not hesitate one second.  A certified letter to them with return receipt back to you would indicate that they have 7 days to get your money to you.  Eight days after they have received your letter, if you do not have the full payment in hand, file a suit at your local small claims court.  It does not hurt to call/visit the small claims court and get all the information and paperwork (whatever you can) ahead of time.  Also, file a report with the BBB (it is debatable whether or not this will help, but it can't hurt).

This is not the time to be nice.  Don't accept any excuses from them and do not grant them any time extensions.

Of course, this is my opinion only.

Good luck,



What action can I take for nonpayment on a company in NJ - sm
As of this Friday the first invoice will be 6 weeks past due, the 2nd 4 weeks.  She has been saying for weeks she has mailed these two checks.  Today she said she sent them priority (told me yesterday she would mail them priority).  I know she is just biding time because there is no money to cover them which is my next problem.  If and when I get these who knows how long it will be before I can cash them.  I would like to tell her that if I don't have checks in the mail by Friday (that I can take to the bank and get cash for) that I am going to take action against her.  I am just tired of her crap and lies.  Obviously I no longer work for her either so she has no real incentive to pay me.  She stopped sending me work because she knows I won't type if I don't get paid.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.   
your supervisor should be monitoring this action.
I think everyone should file a class-action suit

I've witnessed front-end VR in action...sm
First hand.  It was extremely impressive.  Talked to the docs that use it.  There are lots of companies and software packages out there so perhaps it varies a lot. 
I am filing a small claims action this week.

Have one doctor that I had problems with and only typed for him foer three months.  He was unethical but then he felt that I should not charge for anything that was not actually typed, i.e. if he did a normal exam, etc.  So we had a falling out and he owes me $200 and he has threatened fraud against me, etc.  But I told him he could not bully me and that we would leg small claims court settle the matter.  Am giving him a three day notices sent in a signed reeturn receipt and if he does not pay I will go to court.   So if you are an IC that is your course of action.  I work directly for the doctor, if you are with a service and you know the docs that you are typing for, can tell your MTSO you are informing them that they do not pay their IC's and you will not longer be able to work or provide services, but that depends if you signed a contract and stated you would not have any contact with the accounts.  My first suggestion, write a last demand letter and outline that you will file small claims court proceedings and send a copy of that to their accounts. 

Good luck. 

We need to CALL THE FACILITIES and let them know what is going on! OR Class Action Lawsuit
...we need to all go out on strike! If we ALL stopped working tomorrow, called the facilities and let them know why, where would WebmedX be?
It's wearing thin, and I'll sign onto class action!
Right now I'm working full-time for one of the Axis of Evil...where, as we know, the recent denied-until-it-happened pay cuts and global equilibration of account levels screwed me, so I'm trying to get out of that hell hole, where the only thing left after VR gets done are the crappiest of the crap. I saw light at the end of the tunnel, and it turns out it was a train coming through to smack me head-on.

So I guess I'll hang onto the 2 jobs I have now, while I continue to look for 1 or maybe 2 that will be more amenable. I don't mind working hard and I don't really even mind the account job #2 has me on (although it has been NWA all week...must have hired some more bodies), but I hate the perceived sneakiness of it while they've got my back against the wall. GRRRR
BUT...you are taking them at their SM

word that the production rate will increase.  The reality?  It doesn't.  I have been doing VR where I work for about a year now and even after the system was trained properly it takes JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE time to edit versus straight-typing the document.

You must always remember that when the company presents a plan and its assurances that you will make more money in the end, YOU WON'T.  They may (cheaper labor) but YOU will not.  That's guaranteed.


Not currently taking on new MTs (sm)
according to a form email I received. They seem to have a great reputation among MTs.
Well, someone must be taking it or
Taking less pay
In 1981, I was making 10 cents a line; now it is 9, soon to be 8. We, as professional MTs, have let this profession go underground and isolated, many of us working at home and not in a social setting. Its time to RECLAIM our profession, re-emphasize the LEGAL IMPORTANCE of the work we do, and raise the standards again to catch up our salaries and inflation. I'd hate to have to move to India to make what I made 25 years ago!
about VR taking over all by itself but
rather the air heads out there that think it saves time and money, so they take on VR accounts and we as MTs get stuck with the editing. The original poster is correct. If doctors and/or hospitals want to change to VR, let them use it entirely on their own--no editing and no retyping from MTs, nothing! They would be throwing those machines out the windows in just a matter of a few hours. That is what our profession/industry needs. No help for VR accounts, plain and simple.
Have you tried taking Tylenol PM
It helps take away the pain you have in your shoulders and back from typing all day and it helps you sleep. May be a little better than Benadryl.

I know how you are feeling regarding MQ; I am there too and deciding on jumping ship.

That is another long story which I will have to go into at another time.

Have a good day or try at least and try the Tylenol PM

They shouldn't be taking someone right off the
This profession isn't greeting or flipping burgers at Wal-Mart or McDonald's.   Why hire someone off the street with no skills in the first place?
Taking pole. Which would you take? (sm)
I won't name the companies but have been offered a job from two, both paying the same amount per line.  One is as a employee with a company that so far I've seen mostly bad things about on MT Stars.  The plus side is they take out the taxes/social security.  The second is with a company that I've seen both good and bad things about on MT Stars but it's as an IC so I have to deal with taxes and social security.  The only reason I lean towards the first one is because I don't have to provide both parts of social security, but as I said, I've not seen anything good about them.  This is a second job to make up for the loss of overtime/bonus time no longer available.  What would you do? 
taking a pole
I'm with you
taking a pole where?
I think people from Poland are just fine and it shouldn't be painful to take one somewhere, should it?
You are taking my post a little too seriously
You are also obviously missing the point. My post was purely hypothetical. Again...you totally missed the point.
Taking a stand
I work for MDI-MD which does not offshore. There ARE companies out there with integrity. I think it behooves all of you who are looking for new jobs to be very clear that you will work only for companies that do NOT offshore. You should also give the AAMT a piece of your mind since they have been supporting (and profiteering from) offshoring for years. Think about that the next time you write your excuse to this pathetic organization.
So, you don't mind that they are taking
I hope that one day you don't wake up to find out they have outsourced your position and you are now without a job. Let me know how that works for you.
I'm taking the test now. I'm not too sure about this?!?! sm
I saw somewhere where somebody said they got paid every Friday. Somebody else said about once a month. I don't know. Their website looks promising. I'm in the process of getting the test ready to send now. I'm not sure if I'll even finish it.
thanks JD for taking time out of

your busy day to post that.


Nowhere does it say anything about taking our night
differential (not that I can find, anyway).  They took one bonus and replaced it one other and another on the way.  Rarely do I run out of work. They could have cut our pay even more to get us on a more even keel with the other nationals that only pay 50%.  At least that didn't happen yet.  It's not a bad place to work.  I have always been paid on time, have a good PS and WFC, accrue PTO even though I'm only part time (30 hours per week).
I know the OSI accounts U R taking about
The OSi MT's are in the dark about so many things. Evil people who run this company.
Test taking
I have just taken a test that must be designed to get into medical school with all of the choose the correct, fill in the blank and give the definition, was sooo..long.... and so intense, and why do we have to take 5 voice tests, don't they understand if you can do one or two, you must know what you are doing? Just tired I guess trying to find a good fit after doing this for 20 years.
Test taking
It was for DR and it was just long and timed too.

Are you sure taking all available deductions?
taking the spaces away ????
What is the purpose of taking the spaces away?  Any line counter can count spaces as well as characters - and a stroke to the spacebar is the same effort on the part of the MT as a stroke to a letter key - I don't understand the rationale??
Not taking sides
Actually I am in the same boat as everyone else. You have to work harder to make more money because this industry does not give raises. Our economy is hurting; however, I would NOT want live in India or any other country that is being sent work because their economy is obviously worse.

Also OFFSHORING is when transcription is sent to other countries. Outsourcing is what hospitals to when they send their transcription to companies rather than being done in house.

Lots of industries are offshoring. I just sit here in my peaceful living room and decide how much money I want to earn today and determine how hard I want to work. Some days I don't want to do it at all. Other days I am grateful I don't have to go wait tables or tend bar for a second job. As much as people complain about this industry, I can't think of anything else I would want to do to make extra money.
not taking sides but...
I completely understand what you mean about the pay...it is quite a long time to wait for a full paycheck.

But...you really should have read your contract BEFORE signing it so you only have yourself to blame for that aspect.
I am taking a f/t job with them and am pretty
excited about it. They have been really great so far in the hiring process, and I have never seen anything negative, though not much in the archives. Hope this helps! Maybe we will be working together. Good luck!
well i'm taking some comfort in
that i'm not alone. I've taken a big hit in income due to my own slowness (at least in part). but i'm also working a little less to preserve my nerves from carpal tunnel, which after 33 yr is starting to creep in. I always felt that i could find work easy with my experience, but not so sure of that anymore either. So for me, no, not recession proof.

HOW RUDE!  It's wonderful that you are able to tell what others are thinking or what they want to do.

Who are YOU to tell an MT to go somewhere else?  The poster has a right to her/his opinion just as much as you do, although she seems to be able to express herself with somewhat more class that you are capable of.

Thank you all for taking the time to
post. I truly appreciate it as I might have taken the chance and gotten myself into a mess. Have a great day.
That's OK! We understand! Thanks for taking
I agree with you 100% and am glad I'm not the only one foaming at the mouth at these supposed MTs who beg for less money, who don't want to be paid more or progress in our industry. Its sick, isn't it?  I know many reading this think these posters are mgmt or MTSOs, but sadly I believe they are MTs who just have had their minds so twisted by conniving CEOs that they believe the mantra. Animal Farm, anyone? Cause I sure am sick of being Boxer, the horse! 
Unfortunately, probably the only way you will know is by taking the job and seeing how it fits. sm

If you have a job already, if possible, do not quit until you work at the other job long enough to know that you are in a better situation.  I have read glowing reports about a company and then signed on to work and thought it stunk to high heaven, and vice versa ... have seen companies trashed that I thought were wonderful.  Each person's experience is unique.

Of course, if you read several people saying they were paid late or not at all, THAT kind of thing, I would certainly avoid that like the plague.  Although I do enjoy what I do, I cannot afford to work for free.

I work for Keystrokes and SmartMed and would be happy to recommend either one if the TTS thing does not work out for you.  Of course, the same thing goes for them -- some love them, some hate them.

Good luck! 

Am independent, taking off day and
was told they wanted me to make it up.
Taking post down-sm
So far, only 1 vote to take the post down. Would 9 more vote to take it down, please!
So YOU are the one taking all the work!!
Just kidding
Cindy - and thank you for taking up this cause. We need it! - nm
Taking a poll about VR

Do you use the mouse or the keyboard to maneuver through your VR documents?  Which one do you think is faster?