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Listening to: Iraqi Canadian speaking about resistance to occupation, on the radio

Reading today: still "The Stubborn Season" by Lauren B. Davis

Also Reading: Emails saying that congress is voting on the anti-gay marriage ammendment within 48 hours.

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
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Monday, Jul. 12, 2004 - 7:06 p.m.

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Would You Volunteer to Half Your Price??

God, sometimes I just hate my job. No I don't. I hate aspects of it. I feel like I am working for Air Canada.

The lovely "this will help make up for the underpaid work since it pays so well" family tree contract has taken an iffy turn. The lady who assigned it (who works for a graphic design house, ie the ones who get the contract from the publisher (their client) and assigns all the artwork, puts it in place etc, and hands the finished product back to the publisher, has sent me an email.

She says her client is "cutting back on what they are willing to pay for illustration" and wants to know if I am agreeable to being paid half what she originally offered me.

Um. Do you know ANYONE who is agreeable to halving their wages, esp once the work is half done, and you are committed to doing it at the price cited to start with???

This would be $600 US out of my budget. Let me just say that I have been going into debt at a rate of about $800 Cdn a month. That is WITH the garage sale, the cutbacks on food, coffee, peripherals etc. Yay.

Yes, now that I have committed to flying to my family reunion, I want to volunteer to take a pay cut of 130% of the price of that plane ticket.

I don't know what I will write back.

My initial reaction is "no, I was hired to do this work for this price. So I will not take a pay cut now. However, I am willing to work at the new rate for upcoming assignments."

That sounds reasonable.

But it might mean my drawings are chopped altogether.

Actually, if I consider it. Usually when a contract is cancelled once the sketches are done, I get 50%. Ie the exact same amount of money as if I take the 50% pay cut and then do all the final work, including any changes they want, and pay to Fedex it to them.

Looked at that way, I am not going to lose a penny if I refuse their cut.

But jeepers. Who the hell hires someone at $20 an hour, and then after they have worked for half their contract says "we've decided to pay you $10 less, do you agree??". Ass-backwards if you ask me. And stressful.


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