At some facilities, your co-workers (in the same building), are represented by The Animation Guild. At others, workers are provided with medical benefits, and lattes. Several employers actually pay premium pay(time and a half) for overtime. And, amazing enough, the practice of asking for unpaid "intern" work is not universally applied. A few companies even admit to being profitable!!!
So, when I hear that a prominent company is currently advertising for vfx workers for a "token" payment, while I'm outraged, I'm also encouraged. You see, Lou Ferrigno is represented by SAG and AFTRA. He ain't workin for free. And neither is the director of photography, the key grip, or the costumer. What do they have that you don't have???
A labor union to represent you!!!!
We can help.
So, let's take some small steps toward ending this practice, shall we???