AT&T Agrees to Purchase DirecTV (Was: ATT looking to buy Direct TV)

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  1. James Long

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    Does Mastec hire employees with benefits or subcontractors that are responsible for their own employee's benefits?
    (If I recall correctly the "DirecTV installer sex offender" was a subcontractor to Mastec.)

    State laws vary, but in Indiana contract employees are not guaranteed benefits unless they are treated as regular employees despite the contract. (For example, in most cases if a contract employee is required to work exclusively for the employer they are considered a regular employee.) Attempting to convert an employee into a contract employee to avoid paying benefits is a crime.
     
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  2. slice1900

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    Unless Directv requires that its subcontractors provide benefits to all their employees and maintain the same requirement to their subcontractors, there will be some who don't have benefits. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to provide benefits, so if Mastec subbed out some work to a company with 20 employees, they don't have to provide them with benefits unless there is some contractual requirement that dictates it.
     
  3. harsh

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    I disagree. Mike White was hired, in part, to identify a suitable partner going forward. Once the deal is done, he's done.
     
  4. damondlt

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    PA as well.
    If you are a sub, you have to provide the benefits of your employees.
    Not the guy you are subbing off of.

    They would be considered Directv employees if Directv was providing the benifits.
    MASTEC is a contract company.

    But anyway I will keep a close eye on the merger.
     
  5. slice1900

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    Do you have a source for that claim? If that's the case he was pretty slow in making this happen, as he was hired over five years ago.
     
  6. damondlt

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    Yeah I would agree that ridiculous.
    Michael White was brought in to make them money.
    Has nothing to do with AT&T
     
  7. dennisj00

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    You guys are arguing over semantics. A sub-contractor of any company is billing his costs plus a profit (hopefully) whether it includes benefits or not. You could be pocketing the profit just like any evil company and not providing benefits.

    Losing money on any contract is not a sustainable business plan on a continuing basis.
     
  8. harsh

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    I do not. I wonder if he would be retiring (or waiting to retire) if he didn't see the buyout as an integral part of his tenure.
     
  9. slice1900

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    It sounds like he was already slated for retirement in 2015 before the deal was announced. He turns 63 this year, it is not unusual for someone to retire at that age or earlier if they're well off. I'm nowhere near that age but I'd retire tomorrow if I had half his wealth :)
     
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  10. James Long

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    FYI: This is not a forum for politics. A few off topic posts that went that way have been removed.
     
  11. damondlt

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    Yes exactly in the last 2 years alone he has taken in 30 million dollars.
    I'm sure he doesn't need a Merger deal to ensure his retirement.

    It's not like he his going to have to install Directv system part time to make ends meet.
     
  12. TheRatPatrol

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    And I'm sure he has TWC at his mansion for the Dodgers games. ;)
     
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    Tom Robertson

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    Interestingly, while the yahoo version still shows "Dish", the article on BGR has apparently been updated to show DIRECTV. Looks like a brain fart that has been corrected but the fart remains on yahoo.

    Peace,
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    James Long

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    Once something is on the Internet it is hard to get rid of ... even a fart. :D

    Is the merger end near? We've seen that reported months ago and yet closure has not come. Reporting or wishful thinking?
     
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    Hard to tell for sure - any one who is part of the merger discussions has probably signed a pretty strict NDA.
     
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    slice1900

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    The "clock" is still stopped, so they don't have a deadline at the moment. So they could announce it at any time, or announce the clock has restarted and then at least there's an official drop dead date when we'll know one way or another.
     
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    harsh

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    The rumor mill has it that AT&T is contemplating agreeing to Net Neutrality elements at some point. The deadline for compliance is apparently quite squishy and may take years.

    If I were a regulator, I'd be very hesitant to accept any pledges that AT&T makes at this point. I think about where Comcast is in their compliance and I say no dice until after compliance.
     
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