I wanted to ask how I could discuses wage disparity between student positions. I currently work for two professors at my university at different pay-scales. Because of a hard limit of 18 hours a week (university policy) I need to choose how many hours I report to which. For the past two-three pay periods, I had a ratio of 4:14 for the two professors. Admittedly, one part is due to the economics of the situation and the other, the limit in the hours I report.
From my perspective, I know exactly how many hours that I worked and whether or not I 'worked'. The trouble is that my Professors don't know, the only information they have are the time-sheets and work tasks that I submit for review. In the case of Professor A, I work more hours that I bill for due to the hard cap. In the case of Professor B, I work exactly the amount that I bill for.
In a recent meeting with Professor A, the professor mentioned that he/she believed that I was 'underselling' my reported hours based on the work that I complete and I should report more if I did more (I did). The trouble here is that I am now in an awkward position where I would like to bill for more hours, but I am unable to (due to the cap)- and even if I did, it would be for less than my other position. Right now, Professor A and I have scheduled to discuss this disparity next week Tuesday.
- Student Researcher for Professor A @$10.
- Student Researcher for Professor B @$15.
- University Policy limit of 18 hours a week combined.
- I have decided to report 4 hours for Professor A and 14 for Professor B.
- I under report for A and report 'on the mark' for B.
- A asked why I was reporting low, a discussion was scheduled next week.
Question: How do I discuss the disparity of pay without leaving the impression that I was only working 4 hours (when in actuality I worked more) as a direct result of the disparity?