MTV Freelancers Win Back Benefits
December 14, 2007 12:27 PM
The New York Times reports that hundreds of freelance workers for MTV Networks won back, from corporate, some of the cuts Viacom said it would slash.
I’m happy for them. But how many companies pay benefits to freelance workers or independent contractors to begin with? Not many, is the answer. So forgive me, if I’m not exuding my usual soppy Norma Rae persona about this news.
Why? That’s because the freelance workers are still demonstrating, asking for more. Get real, I say. The freelancers got healthcare plans and now they’re pushing the envelope, seeking pay for time off from work, tuition reimbursement and company matching for 401(k) plans.
I think MTV has been more than fair here, even promising to convert some of those part time positions to full time jobs.
Am I being a Grinch?