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The Lineman Got $63 an Hour.
The Utility Was Billed $319 an Hour.

New York Times, by Frances Robles

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 11/13/2017 12:18:45 AM

San Juan - The small energy outfit from Montana that won a $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s tattered power grid had few employees of its own, so it did what the Puerto Rican authorities could have done: It turned to Florida for workers. For their trouble, the six electrical workers from Kissimmee are earning $42 an hour, plus overtime. The senior power linemen from Lakeland are earning $63 an hour working in Puerto Rico, the Florida utility said. Their 40 co-workers from Jacksonville, also linemen, are making up to $100 earning double time, public records show. But the Montana company that hired the workers,

Typical false reporting by a female who probably has never worked for an industrial contractor. In the "old" days of fixing a CAT Scanner, a call was billed to the customer at $200 an hour, four hours minimum. This included travel time. I was making about $25 an hour then. They had to also pay for the replacement parts, and a CT tube was very expensive. This was the incentive to all our customers to buy a maintenance contract (which all but a few did). I would imagine that Whitefish Energy Holdings doesn´t deal that way during installation (warranty period).


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FormerDem, 11/13/2017 12:35:44 AM     (No. 11450037)

absolutely right. If it´s so easy to do what Whitefish did, those journos can so easily just go do it too!!! sadly, you have to first know what the name is of the job you are trying to do, and you have to be able to describe what it is you are going to do, and know where to find those people, and they have to trust you, and you have to equip and fly them there, and .... and.... not so easy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kono, 11/13/2017 12:36:08 AM     (No. 11450038)

Having worked for a defense subcontractor for years (and seen the primary contractor reap several times the rate they were paying us), I wonder whether the NYT has suddenly discovered this reality or is just pretending to be shocked.

Having seen the NYT distort and even totally make up hit pieces this past year, day after day after day after day, I believe it´s safe to say it´s the latter.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: avanti1, 11/13/2017 12:58:22 AM     (No. 11450055)

The article focused on the hourly pay only, but neglected any other costs incurred by the contractors.

Some possible other costs:

Travel to and from Puerto Rico
Housing while in Puerto Rico
Meals while in Puerto Rico
Workman´s Comp Insurance
Medical Insurance

Who paid these costs and potentially other costs?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/13/2017 1:06:54 AM     (No. 11450058)

Typical PR, always complaining. If PR is so bad they want to move all of them to FL, how does anyone think conditions are for these workers?

They said 800 are moving to FL and NY every day. Probably a low estimate.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JediJerry, 11/13/2017 1:15:29 AM     (No. 11450062)

So? Look the government pays $600 for hammers and $2000 for toilet seats. No breakdown as to the overhead attached to the workers. Social Security health insurance workers comp etc etc plus the company has to make their profit margin to cover accounting book keeping payroll costs and all the rest plus still have enough to actually earn an after tax profit.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 11/13/2017 1:59:02 AM     (No. 11450076)

NYT - liars all the time.

Twisted communist "economics" which have nothing to do with the real world, and these numbers are probably lies, too.

Never worth wasting time on their propaganda.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thelmalou, 11/13/2017 5:04:21 AM     (No. 11450109)

Thanks to other posters who understand billing for projects like this...saved me the trouble.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/13/2017 7:31:40 AM     (No. 11450162)

If they were paying him $X per hour I guarantee his total burden was $3X, or more. Overhead costs for all those directors and vice presidents who never go to the field is astronomical.
The Slimes has never had to run a "real" business, until recently when the layoffs started.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Historybuff, 11/13/2017 7:49:23 AM     (No. 11450178)

ASk your car mechanic at your dealership how much of that $120. per hour labor he gets.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Uno_Thatguy, 11/13/2017 8:38:26 AM     (No. 11450231)

Any profitable business must bill for about five times the production cost of an employee on the production side. It is never just that one employee. In the background are managers, secretaries, sales staff, safety, purchising to the....etc!

Then there´s all the other stuff like transportation, equipment and tools and on and on including replacement for theft of equipment and goods and much much more.

This hit piece is hogwash. It´s unbelievable that the editors permit this kind of rubbish on their pages. O yeah! it´s the enemedia epitomized by the NYT.

Only the government can write their own check.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: birddog, 11/13/2017 10:23:59 AM     (No. 11450372)

you can read the entire contract...obviously an island that has been flattened has a "Housing" shortage, bringing in several thousand workers is problematic. While "some" could be housed in high dollar resort hotels that survived they are far from the areas where the work will be performed. Whitefish and Cobra both contracted for HUGE housing barges with 200+ rooms each, complete with kitchens, cooks, staff, all of the food and supplies being imported by them. Those barges could be moved to different ports as needed and as regions were Lit Back Up. They had half a dozen other 500ft barges ferrying supplies, everything from wire, to transformers, to generators, to power poles and towers. 5 helicopters, one of which was a sky crane, one a chinook. They already had 200 trucks shipped in by the time the contract was yanked. another 500 on the way. "THE" issue was that both the PR Power company and the State itself were bankrupt...ZERO credit...most businesses destroyed and the worker who would perhaps be paying taxes unemployed and/or fleeing to the mainland.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: watashiyo, 11/13/2017 11:11:38 AM     (No. 11450449)

Tell your children, "Don´t go to college. Train to be a lineman at the utility company."
Btw if you hate America, join the UNION!

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