For two years I've been working for a single corporate client through a recruiter, via a one-year contract that was renewed once. The end-date of the second contract was this week, and I wanted to negotiate a raise because I believe I've earned one.
At the beginning of the month, my bosses at the client had occasion to mention in a private conversation with me that they have been pleased with my work and intended to renew my contract, and I told them I was glad to hear it and was also hoping to renew. (The conversation was about how our team manages deadlines, not about my contract.) So, I was expecting my rep at the agency to reach out to me with the good news and ask me what my intentions were.
By June ~21st I'd heard nothing, so I emailed my rep directly, told him I was expecting an offer to renew, that I thought this was a good time to negotiate a raise, and I quoted a figure. The 27th came and I'd heard nothing, so I emailed him again, and then a few hours later emailed the person at the agency who manages the relationship between the client and my agency -- this time just asking to confirm the end date of my current contract. Still no response. Finally, today, I telephoned him, but he didn't answer, so I left a message saying that I'd been trying to contact him about my contract end-date, and was worried that the lack of a renewed contract was going to disrupt operations at the client.
With only 15 minutes left in my workday, I reluctantly made some preparations in the name of continuity, and then I emailed my bosses at the client to let them know that to the best of my knowledge I was going to have stop working for them (and that probably I should have stopped earlier this week), that I was probably not going to be online tomorrow, and also with a brief word of farewell in case this really is the end.
Then I checked my personal email and discovered that my rep had finally replied. He claimed that my previous emails had all gone into his junk folder, and he flatly stated that their system shows an end date in December.
This whole situation seems fishy to me.
First: I'm probably in his address book, so my messages won't go to Junk. He had no trouble receiving my emails a few months ago, when I had a problem at the client and asked for his help. (To his credit, he waved a magic wand and made the problem go away.)
I think it's known that this client does not like to give out raises, and so I suspect that he saw my email asking to negotiate for a raise, worried that it would derail an otherwise guaranteed renewal, and decided to duck my messages until all the paperwork was filed, hoping to make it a fait accompli. It's also a little suspicious that I got no response from any of my other contacts at the agency -- this makes me think they're closing ranks to help this shady gambit succeed.
For the record: at no point did he (or anybody at the agency) ask me whether I wanted to renew, notify me that the client had in fact offered to renew, or notify me that a renewal had been effected.
It seems to me like I am at liberty to reject the agreement entirely, because it was made without my authorization or even my knowledge, and that it's up to me whether to give the recruiter any option to make things right. It also seems to me like I need to make up my mind pretty much immediately if I want to be able to claim that I'm acting in good faith.
What are my options in this situation? Does my analysis seem reasonable?