Oct 6, 2002, 8:35 AM
Post #3 of 5
The labor number you quoted ($1994) is the cost thus far of the south roof. The SS number ($3312) is for the total project to date.<p>How the SS is calculated is a mystery to me. My partner in this undertaking, Enrique, asked that question at the SS office and was basically told that it was too complicated for him to understand. Welcome to Mexico. After looking at their billing printouts, it may indeed be too complicated.<p>We register each worker at the SS office giving them his salary amount per week. Each month a bill from the SS is hand delivered to Enrique’s house. We pay the bill at the bank. These charges are broken into two bills. Each month we pay a charge for the SS IMSS, and every second month we pay another charge for the SS what ever.<p>When a worker leaves the job, we file a change order. If a worker is sick or otherwise misses work, we must file a report if we want the SS charges adjusted for his missed days. Thus far we have not had to do that.<p>Early on in the project, we felt there was an error in the billing. Enrique complained to the office about it and was told, more or less, “Don’t tell us how to do our work.” Since the error amounted to only a few dollars, we let it go. Some things are just not worth fighting about.