RE: [Histonet] salary scales

From:"Bernice Frederick"

Fine look at the benefits and then tell me that if the cost of the health
insurance goes up 20% (causing one to have to go to a higher deductible), my
train fare goes up 10%, gas is high and though I am single I own a home and
therefore am responsible for all those associated costs. Now how does a
raise cover all that? That's why we gripe about what is on the pay scale.

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Showers,
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 5:58 PM
To: jstaruk; Rene J Buesa; Charles.Embrey;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] salary scales

I agree that the prospective employee needs to weigh all of the other
benefits, but frankly most do not. The cost of benefits to the employer is
usually of little or no interest to the employee. Most simply want to know
how much they will be taking home after taxes, insurance, etc. 
I have interviewed a lot of job applicants over the years and most of them
give the benefits a cursory glance. 
I do think that if you offer great benefits your current employees spread
the good word and attract more applicants for your positions.
Often, during the years I spent in the Air Force, I would get a mailing from
the military laying out the dollar cost of all of my benefits and I remember
thinking "If I could get a little more of that in my paycheck I might be a
happier person."
Doug Showers MS, HT (ASCP)


From: on behalf of jstaruk
Sent: Tue 5/13/2008 5:46 PM
To: 'Rene J Buesa'; 'Charles.Embrey';;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] salary scales

As president and owner of a histology lab (although this can be any
business), I feel I must add my thoughts to this discussion on salary (which
pops up on this newsgroup quite often).  First of all, there's more to a
"salary" that what the number is on your weekly pay stub.  Who's paying for
your health insurance?  Does your company offer a matching 401K plan?  Life
insurance?  How many weeks paid vacation do you get?  How many paid
holidays?  Paid sick days?  Can you leave when your job is complete (and
still get paid for the rest of the day)?  Does your company pay for your
lunch hour?  Do they pay for your lunch?  Do they offer child care?  A
work-out room?  There's a heck of a lot more many companies do for their
employees than simply paying them a certain rate for every hour they are
"punched in".  I figure any employee who works at my company for "only"
$25.00 per hour is actually making about $55.00 per hour if they utilize all
(or at least most) of the benefits we offer them.  Then there's the matching
social security, worker's Comp. insurance, state employee taxes and so on
that we're also responsible to pay for each employee.  Think of all this
next time you say you only make $25.00 per hour!


     Jim Staruk
Mass Histology Service

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 5:17 PM
To: Charles.Embrey;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] salary scales

  No, I don't think it is "a rather broad statement". Regardless of the area
of the country, you should never negotiate a salary as part of a group. You
are "selling" your personal abilities and trying to cover your family needs.
How different is the gasoline price today by regions? Are they so different?
How about food products?.
  I encourage you to read my article in Advance for MLP (Jan.28, 2008) where
I demonstrate that all the "alleged" salary regional variations are non
statistically significant and offer some advise in how to negotiate your
  René J.

"Charles.Embrey"  wrote:

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