I will try to be direct and to the point. I am a coowner of a partnership where I own 50% and the other 2 owners each own 25% each. The 3 owners each work appoximately 30 hours per week. Recently one of the partners has stated that he wants to be paid hourly on top of his monthly distribution check. The business has been open for 13 months. His argument is that if he isnt working there then we would have to pay someone else to work there. My argument is that because we are not equal partners taking a check for hours worked lowers the net profit of the business thus lowering the net profits of the business. As majority owner I will take a pay cut and the 2 minority owners will get a pay increase. Someone please explain to me the argument that I have for "if he doesnt work then we pay someone else to work". ?! This has to be a relatively common issue but Im missing the resolution. HELP PLEASE! Also, we do not have a formal partnership agreement so RUPA of minnesota would dictate that my vote constitutes 50% and their votes the other 50%=deadlock.