|lazra (lazra) wrote,|
@ 2007-08-26 18:12:00
|Current music:||Gackt - LONGING|
Work Rant inside the cut; Small Update below it
New screwings-over at work recently... At first glance, it doesn't look like we're getting screwed, but I think we are.
An email from the head of Human Resources was sent to the whole company. A great big header at the top proclaimed "CALLING ALL ARTISTS!" The body of the email spoke about the Child Safe Kits we give away
I work for a life/accident insurance company. The safer you are, the less we have to pay you. and how they'd like to add a coloring book with safety tips in it for the kids. I think this is a marvelous idea, no problems so far.
For me, the problem is that no one will be paid for this...unless your stuff gets picked for use in the book, and even then we won't be "paid", we will recieve a "small prize". The lucky duck who designs the cover art will get a "grand prize". In the past, small prizes have been as much as $5 cash, but most often it's some useless trinket from the dollar store next door. A grand prize might be the $5 cash, or if you're lucky beyond belief, a $20 gift card to a local restaurant.
And no, this is not per drawing accepted, this is if they use anything you submitted. If your design and execution of the 22 drawings they ask for ,plus the cover art, is so stunning that they only use your stuff, then the best you can hope for is $25 in compensation for days (if not weeks) of work. If you spend weeks creating beautiful dynamic professional-quality work, but nothing gets picked for the coloring book, SOL pal, S-O-L.
What really burns me is that in the union contract, there is a table that lists job descriptions and what wages grade they qualify for. The higher the labor grade the more you get paid. For the record, I'm a Level 2. In the union chart, it lists "graphic designer" right there in black and white as a Level 5. The company could hire someone to design this book. They could let some talented Level 5 design this book. They could even temporarily bump up someone in a lower labor grade so they could design this book. But no, that would be too much money and too much trouble to find anyone inside or outside the company. They'd rather us peons sweat blood for their use.
Thank you. Next few posts should be stuff from KinkFest. Finished one of the two fics I signed up for; making good headway on the second. Signed up for an additional two art pieces which I've already finished. Booyah!