Join Date: Nov 2013
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WOW..Different Industry, Same BS
Hi Guys. New to the board. I work in this industry as a part time inspector. I have a regular W2 full time jobs and perform inspections on the weekends. I used to do 1099 work as a Satellite installation tech. Left that line of 1099 work because of the exact same issues that seem to plague this industry. Lower pay, more requirements, and more paperwork vs 10 yrs ago. But higher cost of fuel, supplies & labor vs 10 yrs ago.
Been reading some of the old threads. The similarities in the posts Ive read here, compared to the posts I used to see on the old satellite boards are just amazing. Substitute the name of the companies involved, and the posts would be identical.
Ive discussed/debated these types of problems for years on the satellite/cable boards. Debated every solution from unionizing, forming associations, tax liens, worker mis-classification charges, etc... Just about all of which I have seen discussed here.
Just wanted to give my 2 cents on one 'remedy' I haven't seen discussed here, although I surely could have missed it. 1 remedy, for the guys that actually perform work, is the IRS. Everyone knows about and usually uses the Labor laws about contractor being treated as employees. But the IRS also has its own test concerning when a working is being mis-classified. Few years ago there was an IRS letter posted by a worker that gave some good info. If I run across the link again Ill post it. But if you actually perform work in this industry and think this may be an issue, consider filing or use the threat of filing IRS form SS 8. This seems to get companies attention fast.
Filing an SS 8 usually offers a much faster resolution than pursuing proper classification via labor boards. Although I would definitely pursue both avenues, filing an SS-8 gets companies attention faster, IMO. Just wanted to give my 2 cents. Good luck and keep up the good fight. This is your industry just as much as it is 'theirs'.