It's called free market capitalism, and efforts to sell work to keep my employees and my family taken care of. You wouldn't understand that though since your to stupid and lazy to run a business. You don't have a clue what it takes to be "the man", only to criticize him. Obviously you failed at the respect lessons your parent tried to instill in you. How does it feel to deny yourself the "american dream" since your the loser holding yourself back?Only an arrogant fool would send an apprentice (8 months experience) to do the job of a journeyman. If you try to pass off an apprentice as a journeyman then yes, you must pay him the same as a journeyman.
If you don't have the manpower and experience to do the job correctly, or it causes you so many problems, why are you bidding on it in the first place? Greed and arrogance. Then you cry cause you have to do paperwork? Wow, now who's out of touch with reality?
No one is forced to bid on public projects. If you don't like the rules the big boys play by, take your ball and go home.
#23 Aug 27, 2012
#24 Aug 27, 2012
I started this topic because people I know were cheated by Badger Painting LLC, a local unscrupulous painting contractor.
All you do is stab in the dark trying to belittle me because you have no idea who I am, what I do or how I live. No worries here, I know the truth and your namecalling and lies mean nothing.
I'm not sure why my review, of an unscrupulous contractor in another state would hit such a nerve with you. If you are a legitimate contractor doing your job, this should have no effect on you at all.
If you really have all that paperwork to do maybe you should work on that, and stop wasting all your time trying to defend disreputable businesses and putting down those who write reviews about them. A little time management skills and prioritizing will get that paperwork done!
To all the hard working contractors in the field - have a great day, stay safe and stay cool! And Please remember, even in a bad economy, you have legal rights.
#25 Aug 28, 2012
I would stay far away from any business that called itself badger anything- trying to solicit business through state sentiment is just ignorant and tacky.
#26 Aug 28, 2012
Just wanted to clarify that these numbers do not represent the size of this company, but rather the very large turn-over. They have about 25-30 employees during a peak hiring frenzy.
#27 Aug 28, 2012
Just so everyone is aware, Jeremy Kruk started this company and offered to have his father, John join him almost two years after it's birth.
The stellar reputation of this company continues today as it did before John's joining, and after. Although he will be greatly missed by absolutely anyone who's ever met him, Badger Painting continues to run strong and pay each and every employee.
If anyone on these forums has the time to visit our office, the President or Owner would gladly sit down with you and go over each and every case above, with an openness to our files on each case. You will see Badger Painting has paid each and every employee at all times.
As contracts for publicly funded jobs continue to come in our doors, you'll see we are in compliance, and have passed (with flying colors I may add) all accusations made to us by disgruntled employees to the state.
We thank everyone above for the support and continue to value the opinions of everyone who is against us due to misinformation, or just because this is their opinion. What would the world be without multiple opinions out there? One very dull place.
Thank you all.
#28 Aug 28, 2012
Since employees are always so responsible in their work ethic and commitment to quality in the trades, and most are college MENSA and should actually be the ones running the company anyway, I must say you folks at Badger Painting sound so unreasonable. The greed and selfishness oozes out of your posts. I'm sure your critics are the reasonable folks that support the 99%, OWS, and our current president. Do you supply your employees with their Guy Fawkes masks or must they supply their own?
#29 Aug 28, 2012
I think I would re-hire this rabble rouser just to tell him he is fired. Of course I would only do that if he was not qualified for unemployment. I have found that the best way to rid myself of the pain in the asses some employees can be is to just inform them that their wage will be readjusted to the federal minimum until they improve their attitude and professionalism to my standards. That is all the law obligates to pay them, so why not? They usually respond that they cannot accept that and they quit. That relieves me of the responsibility of paying for their unemployment benefits. The bummer is that I didn't develop that strategy until my rate jumped to 11.65% of the first 10K in wages due to extensive claims against my account. There are not many of us left in Michigan that do it, but I still pay my employees according to the law and not give them 1099 income statements but actually pay all the insurance and taxes the law requires. VERY EXPENSIVE! Our two term democrat Governor we just got rid of made doing business in our state very difficult, but things are so much better now that we the electorate fired the democrats and put the republicans in charge of everything. Now if we can just get control of Detroit, we may be able to fix the disaster democrats have made of that city too.
#30 Aug 29, 2012
That's a great idea Old Septic!
Unfortunately, this would not work for Badger painters because they are only paid just above the federal minimum anyway. Unless you include all of the sales commissions they promise. Oh but wait, those are empty promises so no... those don't count either.
#31 Aug 29, 2012
I can't speak for them or your State, but in MIchigan,$10 in my book is minimum wage. I have five guys, and the lowest guy makes $11, and my most expensive guy makes $22 per hour. Davis-Bacon requirements comes to $42.63 the last job I did for prevailing wage. Outrageously expensive and unnecessary. Total hose job of the taxpayer.
#32 Sep 12, 2012
I wish they would supply Guy Fawkes masks. It would be far superior than what they current provide their men working with biohazards in the hospitals. Badger Painting knowingly sent a guy to do a project at UW Hospital with none of the required training whatsoever.
I understand business is tough in the current economy, but workers still have a right to a safe workplace. Badger Painting consistently cuts corners when it comes to workplace safety, putting their hard working men at risk to serious injuries and even death. But Badger Painting thinks getting it done fast and cheap is way more important than those who are risking their lives. Many of the painters out in the field do not have the basic equipment to do the job safely.
#33 Sep 13, 2012
Like the respirators, particle masks, hard hats, and safety glasses that I have purchased for my crew that they hardly wear? Of course I could fire them if they refuse to conform. You don't believe that the individual employee shares in the responsibility to keep themselves safe on the job? The boss is not able to supervise every employee, every minute of each day. Fast is how you make money in the painting business. Union mindsets wouldn't understand that.
#34 Sep 14, 2012
You said you supply your crew with the neccessary safety requirements and that's great!
However, Badger Painting DOES NOT supply their crew with the neccessary safety requirements.
I believe safety is a collaborative effort and it's EVERYONES responsibility. I know many people who work in the trades. They are professionals who have spent their lives learning and working in their trade. If asked, any one of them would say they believe safety + efficiency = doing the job right. They all want to make it home to their family at the end of the day. When you work on some crews, you are forced to do the job with whatever the boss deems neccessary, or has handy. At Badger Painting, often they do not meet even the minimum safety requirements for the jobs and their "safety training" it is an absolute joke.
Obskeptic, it sounds like you do all the right things for your painting business and crew. I wish Badger Painting ran things more like your painting company. If they had, I wouldn't be here giving them such a poor review. I would be singing their praises.
#35 Sep 24, 2012
Is this really such a bad thing?
#37 Sep 28, 2012
It certainly points to a weakness of your character, ie. a deficiency or faillure in your character.
What is Character? It's the actions you take to carry out the values, ethics and morals that you believe in. A strong character provides consistency between what you say you will do and what you actually do. It puts your ethics into action. It involves moral strength and moral courage to do what is right even when it may cost more than you are willing to pay. It's about who you are and what you do when no one is looking.
Character is extremely important because it can define, build, or break your reputation.
#38 Sep 29, 2012
Why is character so important? The nation doesn't seem to mind the lack of character of our current administration. They still continue to lie and cover up the circumstances surrounding the attacks on our Embassies, and our "free press" we all know as the profession of "Journalism" continues to cover for their lies by their collective silence.
#39 Sep 29, 2012
I refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut. I refuse to ask students to pay more for college; or kick children out of Head Start programs, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor, elderly, or disabled – all so those with the most can pay less.
Obama has already won this election.
The 47 percent
#41 Sep 29, 2012
I have mailed your threatning bloodshed blog to the proper authorities and they will be contacting you soon ,wierdo.
Furthermore, here's one polling agency wierdo's like you believe in,,
FOX News 9/16 - 9/18 1009 LV 3.0 49 42 Obama +7
Me so scared, oldseptics gonna get his gun and start a revoloution,,LMAO.
VIVA CHE, Get back to me and let me know from prision how the bloody coup goes for you.
Me so scared, tea party got guns////hahahhahahahahahhahaha hahah
#42 Sep 29, 2012
Thanks for your off topic intermission complete with babbling political plugs!
Don't forget, fall is a great time to repair your lawn from drought damage and the perfect time to reseed. Prepare your lawns now for the long winter ahead...
Now back to the actual topic. This discussion is about a Madison painting contractor, Badger Painting, and their disreputable business practices.
I'd love to hear from some of their employees (other than the owner, president and relatives) and previous customers, too.
#43 Sep 29, 2012
A SAMPLE OF CAMPAIGN PROMISES KEPT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA:
No. 4: Extend child tax credits and marriage-penalty fixes
No. 16: Increase minority access to capital
No. 33: Establish a credit card bill of rights
No. 36: Expand loan programs for small businesses
No. 37: Extend the Bush tax cuts for lower incomes
No. 38: Extend the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 (couples) or $200,000 (single)
No. 48: Close the “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription drug plan
No. 51: Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions
No. 53: Give tax credits to those who need help to pay health premiums
No. 55: Require large employers to contribute to a national health plan
No. 56: Require children to have health insurance coverage
No. 57: Expand eligibility for Medicaid
No. 58: Expand eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)
No. 63: Require health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care
No. 65: Establish an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information
No. 69: In non-competitive markets, force insurers to pay out a reasonable share of their premiums for patient care
No. 70: Eliminate the higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans
No. 93: Reinstate executive order to hire an additional 100,000 federal employees with disabilities within five years.
No. 105: Increase the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health
No. 109: Fully fund the Veterans Administration
No. 113: Expand the Veterans Administration’s number of “centers of excellence” in specialty care
No. 121: Fully fund the Violence Against Women Act
No. 125: Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq
No. 126: Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq
No. 132: No permanent bases in Iraq
No. 161: End the abuse of supplemental budgets for war
No. 167: Make U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional on anti-terror efforts
No. 172: Open “America Houses” in Islamic cities around the globe
No. 182: Allocate Homeland Security funding according to risk
No. 195: Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles
#45 Oct 16, 2012
Badger Painting LLC is trying to sue yet another one of its' employees; Joe Rabideau. I'm certain the truth will come out. Badger Paintings' owner Jeremy Kruk is the crooked liar, not the employees.
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