Cell site work

The pay stub is from Tek Systems and was for cell site work as auditor and trainer of contractors.  This was for my biggest week ever, as I worked 108 hours.  I had to do it because of upper-level mismanagement.  The gross of $5056 didn’t include the 10% completion bonus, which I get at the end of the contract.  That comes to $5561 plus mileage.

I drove 656 miles that week @ the Federally allowed rate of $.55 a mile.  Over those years, my Camry cost me only $.25 a mile, leaving me 30 cents a mile profit.  That came to almost $200 of profit, but that is expense money and isn’t taxed.  I just love that expense money profit.  AT&T paid for that car three times.

Notice that the withholding was $2283.  That was more than the average income for a month for a family of 4.  I would never have worked that many hours if I had had a choice.

Each day was a grouping of two stints of work.  I was managing my day crew, then catching a few hours of sleep, going out to do the alarm wiring work that can only be done at night.  Taking a cell site off of the air can only be done at night when customers should be sleeping.  Since I was away from home, often I didn’t have time to also drive home for only a few hours of sleep.  I slept in my Camry.   That many hours actually made me a bit sick from exhaustion and lack of sleep.

My usual week was about 1/2 that much pay, as you will see from the Tek Systems letter to immigration.  It documents my pay for 11 months.  I had to prove that we could afford to feed our exchange student.  We managed.

Over the years I had put in some time with nearly all of the major wireless phone providers.  I preferred AT&T because they had the worst management and that meant great pay due to great overtime.

I really liked cell site work, as it used some of my radio experience learned from my hobby of Ham Radio.

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