UXO Travel Pay

by Leslie

What is the industry standard on UXO mob & demob pay regarding hourly wage and Per Diem on travel days?

Leslie, great question on MOB & DMOB pay and Per Diem.

The industry standard is that you receive 8 hours pay for each MOB and DMOB. If you travel less than 8 hours, you get 8 hours of pay. If you travel more than 8 hours, including multiple days, you get 8 hours pay. Not 8 hours per day you're traveling.

Per Diem is generally 75% of the Per Diem rate as you're leaving home or arriving home.

If you're paid flat-rate then you'd be paid 75% of that. If you're only receiving M&I, meals and incidentals with the company picking up your hotel, you should receive 75% of M&I.

Hope this helps.


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Apr 22, 2014
Help Steve
by: Family of out of state tech

When you say pay regarding MOB day you mean the pay you qualify for such as tech 1-2 or 3 pay correct?

Environet on the big island of Hawaii paid the out of state guys tech levels 2 & 3 10.00 per hr pay and roughly 25% of the per diem. Their regular per diem is half if what is aloted for the big island, (unfortunately it is not unusual for a company to help themselves to part of your per diem) but Environet has added insult to injury paying these guys 10.00 per hour on MOB day and so little percentage of the per diem on MOB day.

When the SUXOS was told of the industry standard, he said "PROVE IT!"

Help Steve how do we prove it? And print it out.

Also the locals who live 50+ miles away get no Per Diem.

Apr 22, 2014
by: Steve Cassidy

Industry standard is 8 hours of pay at your contracted rate and 75% of Per Diem which is the same for everyone regardless of Tech level.

This applies to both MOB and DMOB.

When you take a job with a company, you're signing a contract which needs to be reviewed prior to signing it. I know you want the work but you still need to read the contract.

If it's in the contract, they have to pay it.

If they don't, present the contract and demand payment. Naturally, you are putting yourself at risk of being terminated or not working for that company again.

It wouldn't hurt my feelings if I didn't have to work for a company that wouldn't live up to a signed contract.

I highly recommend having a legal plan. Costs about $17-$24.95 and works in all 50 states. I've had one since 2001 and it's saved me thousands. They'll review your existing contract and could write a letter or make a phone call on your behalf at no additional charge.

Always better to have an attorney call on your behalf due to constraints of federal contracting should the employer not pay you what they rightly should.

If the company has legal action, that will hinder them in getting additional federal contracts.

You may also contact the NLRB, National Labor Relations Board and file a grievance. Companies don't like that either. This only works if the contract says something other than what you're being paid.

Another action to take is to post to Facebook and Twitter. When word gets out on Twitter or other social media, it's hard to remove.

Lastly, call the customer. If it's a US Army Corps of Engineers job, let them know what's going on.

Look at the contract you signed, consider investing $17 to prevent this from happening in the future, find out who the customer is. It's not the people that hired you. They were contracted to get a job done.

Keep me posted.


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