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Actually one now, but some people refuse to let go of the old way. SM

Posted By: Blu on 2006-05-09
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It took me forever to train myself! I finally made a macro.

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Good advice but some people refuse to
split "amicably." I know for a fact in my case it would be a blame game and a huge mess. Been there many times and resorted to other ways of handling it. I wonder if what you suggested would still work for me?

Not the OP but helped by your advice.

I refuse to go to Imail...I've gotten a virus from there and so have many other people. nm
Geesh! What's up with you people who refuse to work holidays?
Don't you think people get sick, have accidents, etc on holidays too? What about the doctors and nurses that have to work holidays? Did you forget about them too?

How about police officers, firemen, paramedics...

Do you think you are the ONLY people out there with family and would like to spend time with them during holidays? We would all love to do that but this chosen career requires some sacrifices.

If you can't give a little you should have never started doing this kind of work.
they don't REFUSE to hire new MT's. They REFUSE to hire them at 6-8 cents per line.

mostly because you can now hire experienced MT's at 6-8 cpl. In the near future, you will be able to hire experienced MT's at 5 cpl. Then people will start getting out of this business and new people will stop trying to get in. I had a job opening and asked people to bid what they wanted per line. One very smart young lady was a new grad and bid 3 cpl. I hired her a year and a half ago, she has been terrific! and I was willing to spend my time training her because a) time is money and she saved me money so I could spend my time and b) she had definite potential!. In another six months, she will be the MT with 2 years experience applying for jobs. AND she will get them because she will test well and essentially "bought" her experience. So use Economics 101...


I refuse
I have a second job and their information is on there as well. I could see it if it were company provided email, but to randomly want to look through email and files. I have medical information on my computer for my family and they have no business looking at anything. As a requirement of employment, we had to show we have antivirus and spybot protection or we had to download theirs. They delete work done about about 10 days, so no files remain and during that period of time, nobody could access those files without the proper log in as they are part of their own designed typing system. I don't believe for a minute this is regards to protecting their information as the statement mentioned sending out information about the company via email.
If we all would refuse to do bad dictators - what can they do about it?

Let them do them themselves or have their fair-haired Indians do them. 

Let the mush-mouthed doctors get back mush-typed dictation.  It would be fair.

Tonight I had so many questionable lab values it made me sick.  I also got a non-ending stack of bad, foreign, indistinct, unable to speak English doctors --- you know the guys who end up at the bottom on last day of the payperiod.

I have gotten to the point that I want them to say "This isn't right!" and stomp their feet, because I want to go nose-to-nose with these jerks.  Just mess with me suckers!  I'm ready.  I'm premenstrual and I'm ready.

If you have 25 years of exp and refuse SM

to be on the supervisory side of things, that's your problem and not your service's problem.  You sure think you are important if you expect the management to consult you on every supervisory hire they make to see if it meets your requirements.


Do you honestly think that you can get MTs to refuse to go to
People have enough problems getting to the physician of their choice due to insurance hurdles!

Your idea is very admirable but in today's economy (especially with all the moaning and groaning about NOT making enough money to live), you are more than unrealistic. Perhaps a handful, literally a handful, of those MTs who have husbands who provide very well might opt to do that but who/what is that going to serve? The well-supported MT club?! lol

You've waited too late. Besides, what are you going to use for your platform to reach the masses? These message boards where only God knows who visits (ID and numbers) -- eventually the owners will tire of your use of their services and probably charge you. Of course, you have television - a very, very expensive medium. Perhaps some trade magazines, again advertising costs. And what will the members who live far away get in return for their hard-earned dollars?

What product/service are you going to offer?

Everyone's just full of these ideas but no one is putting a reality in there anywhere.

You are wrong. An IC can refuse
someone else.  The OP should not have to make-up work.  Also, anyone who is committing to lines or hours should then be paid as an employee.  I don't get how these companies can force an IC to type a certain amount of lines.  That is wrong.  An IC has every right to do as much or as little as he/she wants to do.  I know these companies don't like that and some MTs allow it, but I for one am an IC and am not expected to transcribe any amount of lines and when there is no work, there's no work.  That's it.  If there's work, and I want to type, I type.  I can also refuse even the accounts I am so-called expected to be doing without any problem.  There are other ICs that work for the same company that are able to do the work if I cannot.  This is how it should be.  The OP is not wrong in her thinking and no she is not overloaded due to her own fault.  A contract that states a certain amount of lines in a certain amount of time is considered employee.  Check the IRS site if you think I'm wrong.  There should be no control in that form at all. 
Maybe if refuse to do bad dictators, they will
refuse to quit
I told him of some of the posts on this board, even the few that were leaning in favor of him, and he says I am not painting a true picure of his concerns. He said that I have given up a good job with benefits and healthcare to now be a contractor and have to pay more for benefits and not even have a retirement plan with the company to fall back on. His company does not offer much in the way of benefits to spouses, so I had to get my own. I admit, I did have better benefits in my old job and this business is not as stable. He feels he is only being concerned for my welfare and that I am misjudging him. We just do not agree on the situation. But even if I go back to my old field, I will still do MT on the side because I love it. I have worked too hard to give up now.
Be honest.
REFUSE to do QA work for CPL
Notice to all greedy MTSOs out there: I will NOT work for cents per line in QA. You will not be making money off of my knowledge and painful hours I have put into this profession.

I will be a Wal-Mart greeter before I let you make another dime off of my back and I hope all experienced QA people do the same.

This is ridiculous and insulting!!
I refuse to do it. I have research papers, etc.
get in the habit of doing INCORRECT things just to please AAMT.  If it means I can't be an MT after 25 years of MTing, then so be it.  But I learned English many years ago and every other facet of my life still requires PROPER English/punctuation and I'm not going to learn a bastardized version for AAMT.  AAMT can kiss my hiney!
If I were married, my husband would not refuse to let me do anything
of this nature. I had a husband like that. I got rid of him very quickly. I am who I am and if I want to go back to school, I would tell him I am going back, which is what I did. He demanded I stay home with the kids at all hours of the day and night. I told him bye.
I agree and I refuse to do any sort of
make up time because I feel if the work is not there, they cannot expect me to work the hours I said I was unavailable. They better not say a darned word about my not getting my lines in this pay period due to no work situations constantly.
And when the US MTs refuse to work for that guess
where the work will go? 
I refuse to do tapes but have a possible solution for you.

I have eliminated tapes completely--just not worth the aggravation, gas, time, etc. I only do digital and the docs have two options. One, buy their own recorder and pay a lower line rate or have me supply the recorder and they pay $0.02 more per line. The digital recorders are as easy to use as the tapes recorders.Stress that improved quality of recording will allow you to hear what they're saying more clearly and will result in fewer blanks. Also, they will experience an improved TAT and there will be no more broken tapes. You may find that they are willing to give it a try when you stress the benefits.

Let the next MT refuse him also. Be open bout
I dont consider this cherrypicking.  Just straight up refusing to do a doctor who has no regard for me or his pts if he is going to dictate in a manner that is indecipherable.  Again, I am in this for the money just like MTSO.  I am not here to work for mere pennies an hour.  There are plenty of jobs out there.  The MTSO can get rid of me over 1 crappy doctor or keep me, knowing I know the platform, etc.  If MTSO would rather have 1 crappy doctor or a darn good MT, whatever.  Again, it is hard to find a good MT, crappy dictators are a dime a dozen.  Let the next MT refuse him or not. It is here decision.  Mine is to ask to be taken off so I can make money just like the MTSO.
no and I would refuse to work for that company. nm
If experirenced MTs refuse to do VR, then the services will not
find enough workers, and perhaps will decide to go back to straight transcription. Hard to make any money off VR. You do not get paid for inputting demographics. Are you typing one space or two spaces between sentences? Some VR programs are set to add only one space, so you are being short-changed there also. No extra for bolding or underlining. No numbering allowed. No tabs allowed. The signature line is not being counted toward your line count. The only way to make money with VR if you have taking a 50% cut in pay is to crank up the speed as fast as possible, let it play, and basically read and not have to fill in too many blanks. Otherwise, you will not make enough money to survive.
When US MTs refuse to edit their garbage
Actually, I can REFUSE to have a breast exam done on
me by a doctor, and I always did. For me this procedure is much too intimate.

I guess you can refuse and be fired and then
be making no money.
If we all refuse to do VR at low rates, we may see an increase in pay.

if you live among trashy people, low income people, people w/o goals or direction,
content to just get by, you by default become a part of a group. "people" have decided to group trailer people as trash. that is because there are enough people in that group to earn the title and even if you aren't trash, you are categorized by others. did i think i was trash in lower class neighborhood surrounded by people who drank and fought all weekend? no but i knew i wasn't staying and did not try to pretend that all the fools in the neighborhood were just nice folks who ended up where they were because high horse snobs deemed their neighborhood low class. people for the most part live exactly where they belong because they don't want to educate themselves, they don't mind "trash" around them and they don't want to be bothered trying just a bit hard to extract themselves from that world. they justify everything to themselves i guess saying everyone who doesn't like their lifestyle is a snob and the comedians (Jeff Foxworthy/Chris Rock, etc) who make fun of them are just ill-informed.

As for me, I fought hard to get out and don't even want to look back. It amazes me people stay for generations.
I refuse to validate the idiot Cruise
or to enrich him with one penny of my hard-earned money. I will not be seeing his movie or any other project in which he is involved. I feel the same way about Johnny Depp since the horrible, hateful statements he has made about America and Americans. They are free to speak their minds, but I am also free to choose not to reward their hatefulness.
Training on secondary accounts. Can you refuse?
I have a great primary account. I realize I need a secondary for slow times but the secondary account blows big time. It is laborious (many fields, special requirements that are tedious, etc.). Can I say, "No, but thanks." I reach my required line count with what I have on the primary account even though I am not working a full eight hours. I have taken on a PT job and just fill in empty space by turning around and typing on the other computer when it gets slow.

Any feedback or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

Maybe it would work with deadbeat ex-spouses who refuse
to pay child support.
This is getting ridiculous. I REFUSE to buy yet another edition of the BS of Style.

Those broads at the AHDI or whatever it is called now have too much time on their hands!  They need to get real jobs.  Get back out there in the trenches, have someone QA the crap out their work, and see how they like every changing quicksand of MT.

I refuse to work for a company who outsources. Period.
True. Just as I refuse to deal with cust. service
Should've held out for the candy bar and refuse to leave till you get it!

I think I would refuse too. I've seen some pretty silly names here, including Why Worry Lane and
so many people was wishy-washy nowadays...love to see people make
a stand for what they believe in...

it is kind of wierd those statements have to be made in the first place but guess we are an ever-transitioning country and are still young. so many different beliefs yet not much tolerance.

I found your post respectful, and right on as to how you feel. it does not seem that difficult to sift through to read and respond to messages someone might not care for...
Just remember that it is not the people on this board who short changed their people and ONLY after
caught did they (after they were suied) make an effort to look good by sending out these checks. Now, think about this--had they done this many years ago when they short changed everyone, that would have been honest. Does it not bother you that only after they know they are under the gun that they are doing this to try and make themselves look good?

I used to work for MQ and I used to like what I did. I never can say I really liked the people that I worked with, but I really think they had some of the best accounts that I have ever come across in the MT industry. I loved working the major teaching hospitals that I did, but that certainly does not mean that I enjoyed being cheated out of pay.

So chill already. People have been cheated, were lied to, and only AFTER they got caught have they tried to return some of the money they robbed us of (as well as cheated their clients).

We all have reasons not to be happy with this company and you go off on us because we are complaining of things like small refund checks of a penny or a few cents or a few hundred dollars and NO WAY to even check to find out if this is correct?

I am sorry you are unhappy all of us thinking that there is still a dead rat in the cellar, but there is still a dead rat in the cellar and nothing will bring the dead rat back.

I would hold no love for a company that I know willingly cheated the very people who helped THEM make money out of their hard-earned money.

Go take a deep breath and think about that.
My people skills are just fine. I just want to hire people who want to work.
I've not been ugly, I've asked questions, legitimate ones.  Please tell me what is wrong with that.  This site is not just for MTs, it is for QA Editors, Supervisors, Service Owners, there's even sections for Billers, Coders, and Nurses.   
rude people? I would take good pay over polite people any day
Besides that they have never been rude to me and I have been here for almost 2 years. What do you consider a bad account?

I know my account is a little tough, but I am used to it. I am tough!
Rude people? I hardly think so. They are some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. sm
Not just management, but QA as well. No one is rude. They are a very understanding staff. There is one account that is hard but all it takes is getting used to it. Once you are used to it, it is no harder than any other ESL account that you would do anyplace else. I have heard all these things about TH from the archives and I have yet to come across rudeness or any kind of thing that I have read about in the archives. I would definitely pursue them if I were you. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
2 people to do that amount of work, is she nuts? More like 20+ people - nm
Certain people getting raises, certain people not. Guess who is?
Say what you will about unions, the good and the bad. But, one thing they did ensure is a raise, good benefits and that you would have a job in the morning.

Yeah right, OF COURSE! How could there be other people who don't like QA people?
Could only be one.   Hahaha.  Dream on.
I agree, some people will never get it but, then again, what does it say about them as people? Not


I don't like people
Just so happens there ARE some people who
CAN really produce and NOT cherrypick. GEESH.

Problems come from working with stinky attitudes like yours.
The people....
Did you ever think that what you take as politeness might just be their poor language skills?

Why don't you go over to India and live for awhile - they have half of our MT jobs so you should be able to find work (Healthscribe, Medware). Then, tell us how polite they are.

People are people - just because they live in another culture doesn't make them any better than us or any worse than us. It is the job, working with the public, that wears people down eventually. It is particularly easy to be rude over the phone.
There are people who don't know better, there are people

who need to be at home for whatever reason, a chronic illness, kids, caregiver to sick parents, etc.  Any job is better than no job if you need to eat.  

If there were enough decent paying jobs with honest companies no one would work for the low paying, dishonest companies.  So far I have turned down jobs with MQ because of their actions, quit a job with SS because it is a lowsy company, I have turned down 2 positions with companies that offshore.  Fortunately I got on with a company that paid a decent wage and one that doesn't offshore, though it isn't the great company that it used to be either, but it is a living. 

try something most people have a
problem with and your worth increases .. neurology and ophthalmology for instance.  Most people are afraid of the eye .. wonderful once it becomes second nature.  Oncology is another sought after skill, but takes a lot of work.  Also you might contact M-Tec to take their class in neuro or OAK Horizons .. they are both very good.
That people such as yourself
would quit airing your dirty laundry and asking for advise - and then get all pissy when people give their opinion. After all, that is what you were after right? This is MT Stars, this is NOT a military advice column or posting board. When you open yourself up on a public forum, then be prepared for what follows.

Personally, I think anyone who signs up to defend the country and then turns his back on his duty is HEARTLESS.

The military makes your obligations and consequences VERY clear.
Sure some people do need help..(sm)

The below is an e-mail that I got from a lady who lives in Houston.  These are her observations only, but it sure does make you think about all of the self-righteous out there who really don't understand another person's hesitation in taking many of the people in to our communities.  Some of them come from a whole different kind of mentality.




I feel sorry for these people - they have lost everything - they have nothing. I blame their own government at least a bit for not evacuating the ones that were too poor or had no way to evacuate.


That being said, it isn't going as well here as the media makes it out to be. Anthony has been down the to the Astrodome as required by the Fire Department, and I went down on Saturday with a friend of mine.


The Astrodome holds around 50,000 people - and there aren't that many evacuees down there. There are bathroom facilities, but these people are squatting on the streets, parking lots, and lawns of places down around the astrodome and leaving behind urine and fecal matter. They are throwing trash wherever they are when they finish with it, and quite a few act like we "owe" them something. I can't tell you how many people were bitching about the MRE's that they were being served.


As high as gas prices are, I will go out of my way not to have to drive by the Astrodome (my RE's office is about 1 mile from the dome). When you stop at a stop light they come up to your car and beg - and knock on the windows. There have even been reports of some jumping in the backs of pickups and even scratching cars and trucks with knives, if you don't give them money.


I know that there are some good people out there, but there are a lot of bad ones too. There are some that were appreciative of the baby formula (breastfeeders - please don't jump on me here) and diapers and coloring books that we were handing out - and some that were bitching about the brand of diapers, the fact that we were only authorized to give out one can of formula per child and that we didn't have a certain kind of bottles. I even had people that refused to take gift cards from Grocery Stores - wanting money instead.

Last night, one of the evacuees was able to score some alcohol somewhere, got drunk and carjacked a car and ran into several parked cars - the police were able to pull him over after a 15 minute chase.


And I can't get over the smell of raw sewage in the area of town that most of the evacuees are housed. The plumbing in the toilets are working just fine - but they aren't using it. They are trashing the place.


I can't imagine what it must be like for them, having nothing but the clothes on their backs - but I think I would be more appreciative of whatever someone could do for me, instead of griping about what kind of bottles they were giving me to feed my kids with, and that the MRE's were cold.


I really have mixed emotions about the whole thing. I feel sorry for the people who couldn't leave, and got stuck in the chaos. I don't have as much sympathy for the ones who could have left, but didn't want to.


I am sure I sound like a cold, callous, b****, but I was absolutely amazed at the attitude of most of the evacuees that I was in contact with on Saturday.

Some people believe anything

Evacuees are NOT trashing the Astrodome! You people choose to believe anything. There are enough cameras around the Dome to show how residents are reacting. Security is very tight and strict there right now! As far as "sorry people" that were evacuated, you do NOT know their situation NOR their minds and hearts. My brother was one of the evacuees. He was a student at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He lived in Orleans parish just blocks from Ward 9. Most of Ward 9 are very poor people, handicapped and disabled, and yes there are some drug addicts and lawbreakers there. But I bet if you would look in your own neighborhood you would find them there yourself! Some people, if you could crawl out of your own self-righteous world, do not choose to be in the financial shape they are in. Let's see here, I live in NE Mississippi and people's financial status in this community is very poor. Why? Is it because we have women having babies at 15 and no daddies and no desire to better theirselves? NO! It's because our lovely government signed NAFTA and allowed all our manufacturing jobs to be taken away. So what happens to the people? They fall in the cracks!


Back to New Orleans. Let me tell you all about the wanting certain things to be donated. A evacuee does not EVEN get to choose what they want. How assinine of you! Do you think they just sit on the streets and wait for handouts? NO! They have to get passes to even leave the Astrodome or any other shelter. It is the Red Cross that is not taking clothing donations and asking for particular donations. My brother went to the Red Cross to get assistance and was told unless they were living in a shelter, they could not help them at this time. Where is the justice in that? We took clothing to the shelter here in MS and was told to take it back home because they didn't have the time to sort through it. They said that was the job of the Salvation Army. ALSO, our area churches wanted to adopt families and take care of them. Out of 300 families, 50 were given homes to stay in. Last Thursday, we were told by the Red Cross unless we could take them all, we could have none! It had to be the evacuee to approach us and ask, they would not allow us to come in and get families because they said it would only stir up strife. The Red Cross needs some serious reorganization! They have infuriated me!!!


So before you get on your high and pious throne discrediting ANYONE, why don't you come on down here in our area and just try living in the situations that are going on right now. Life is very difficult for most of those people. They have lost all of their livelihood and have no hope for the moment. It's only when loving, kind people with caliber that you do not seem to possess, try to help those that are less fortunate!