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I probably should have expected it...

...but somehow I didn't. So when the first of two checks from UMaryland came for teaching my summer course, I was rather startled by the amount on the check. It's several hundred dollars short of what they promised (assuming the checks will be for equal amounts). Now, I know that taxes eat sizable chunks from the gross pay....but when your gross pay is already starting out much, much below what you were led to believe, it can make for unpleasant shocks about "net pay".

This makes me very grumpy. I signed a contract for a certain amount and, dammit, I expect that amount. It's a contract after all.

So I emailed the lovely lady in charge of finances for the linguistics department, asking very prettily who it was exactly that I should bitch to. I'll have to see who she recommends. But, gah! Stupid $#@%!&* payroll system. It's bad enough there's a 4-week delay until they start paying you (unlike the two-week delay which most places have)....no, no, no....they must also do their best to make sure not to pay you what they promised.

As many have noted, "I love this $#@%!&* university and this university loves $#@%!&* me."

As it stands now, because of $#@%!&* expensive Vienna conference thing, I am now significantly poorer than I expected.


Grar.

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larksdream
Jul. 2nd, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC)
unpleasant shocks about "net pay".

*sad nod* I always thought it was pretty low to take out taxes at all on my sadass graduate student salary, for that matter.
halophoenix
Jul. 3rd, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
Is it really an error, hon? They are going to fix it, right? ::grumbles:: I'm terribly glad I'm not at the mercy of the UMD payroll system anymore, but I more than feel your pain. I should tell you the story of the time they gave me someone else's check and almost a month later demanded it back-i would have known it was someone else's if the two of us hadn't been getting paid approximately the same, but they demanded the change. After I did the math myself, I realized THEY owed ME and wound up having to cut me a difference check.

Yay. This is why the alumni association gets nothing from me when they call. ::sigh:: And boy, do they.
purplehell
Jul. 3rd, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC)
Wandering aimlessly, wondering if you were interested. Try it on, it may fit. __conceit__
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