As a freelancer in the entertainment industry, sometimes it's hard to think about benefits and providing for my family. As a member of IATSE Local 700, the Motion Picture Editors Guild, as long as I keep working and accrue enough hours, I have a great benefits package available to me for an almost ridiculously low cost to me. But, as my 10th grade English teacher might say, "the fickle finger of fate" sometimes conspires to keep me off of Union crews and projects.
So, it's very interesting to me to read about the Freelancer's Union (click on the title of this post to check it out). Currently there are no health benefits available in Los Angeles, but Dental, Life, Disability, Liability and Retirement accounts are available at group rates through the Freelancer's Union, which has no cost to join.
Like I said... Interesting.