...and I feel better knowing that.
(Here comes math. I prepare to be corrected.)
So... apparently, when I write a half hour script, and am paid $7500... management kicks in about $1750 per script into health care. Which means that as an IATSE covered union type, you get full health care for $3500 per year.
Good health care probably costs 5 times that.
What makes up the difference? You guessed it: Residuals that go to the union, not me.
So, going back to the root of all this - the "Greater Good" comment:
How do feel about the fact that freelancers, and people who work on daily call, and short-term employees that work on my productions get covered because of these residuals? Better than I would knowing that money was simply not being collected.
It doesn't mean I'm thrilled with all aspects of TAG, but it does give me some small peace of mind to know that monies being raised on my work, work which COULD NOT have existed without others working on (or fixing, depending on who's leading the discussion), does something for them as well.
Other writers reading this? Kevin? Steve H? Obligatory Angry anonymous guy? Am I right in my numbers?
And if so, why the hell didn't somebody say so 48 comments ago? :)