So if you’re working on Hotel Transylvania, you will be losing your job soon. We’ve heard about all the big things being bid on, none of that is going to materialize in the next 6 weeks. You need to prepare for the familiar dance vfx workers do at the end of shows:
File for unemployment
Make a mad rush to see doctors and dentists before your healthcare expires on your last day (Keep in mind we are lucky compared to many others in vfx, we actually get the option of healthcare)
Since most people can’t actually afford COBRA, cross your fingers and hope you or your loved ones don’t get sick.
Don’t bother trying to get health insurance if you have a pre-existing condition. (pregnancy counts as a pre-existing condition)
If/When you do get a job somewhere else, you’ll get to change doctors again and start all over explaining any long term health problems to a new doctor who accepts whatever insurance plan you’ll be on.
We encourage you to call the SPE Benefits Connection Service Center at 1 (866) 941-4SPE and ask them for your exact COBRA costs. These are the numbers we got from calling:
Sony Kaiser HMO – $725 + $45 Dental + $9 VSP per month
Sony Aetna or Anthem PPO – about $1100 per month
Sony Aetna or Anthem PPO – about $1300 per month
Sony Aetna or Anthem PPO – about $1600 per month
Looking forward to going through this again for Cloudy 2?
If Imageworks were union like Sony Pictures Animation, you would have 6 months of health coverage when you got layed off, plus you could draw from your bank of hours to extend that coverage for up to another year at no cost to you.
How many of us get perpetually hired for short gigs here and never cross the magic threshold of 6 months for a retirement account? Under a union you would also have had contributions made to your pension for retirement, instead of the $0 you got in the 401k you can’t participate in.
But wait, you’re staff, you don’t have to worry about layoffs right? You really think you’ll be working here forever? Really?
These are the benefits SPA already gets, funded from the residuals of the movies you made for them.