tony baldwin

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I’ve seriously had it with agencies trying to get me to work for nothing. This project entailed 5 pages of academic transcripts, with massive tables to be reconstructed. The formatting alone would take 4 to 6 hours. Then there’s actually translating the document, of course, and with somewhere in the neighborhood of 1200 words, that alone is worth $120 or more. Then they want me to take it to the notary, which is worth another hour of my time.
So, yeah, they want a full day’s work of skilled translation, file formatting (DTP), plus notary service. for $30.
Honestly, even $150 is generous. Should be $180 to $200.
I’m an experienced, college-educated, professional translator, not a dishwasher, and even dishwashers shouldn’t be working for $30/day.

#translation #exploitation #fuckyou

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rates

Still these corporate agencies seek discounts and beg for me to reduce my rates, while posting record profits…
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
I may have fell for that in 2008 and 2009 when the economy was circling the drain, but I can not do so today.

Another agency e-mailed me today with promises of endless regular work if I would cut my already quite reasonable rates.
Here is my response:


Everything is getting more expensive, friend. Food, utilities, rent, internet access, fuel…Everything. I’m not getting rich over here. I struggle to keep the heat paid in the winter. My car is 15 years old and falling apart. I rent, and do not own my home. I do not have medical insurance, and can’t afford appropriate health care.
Meanwhile, I see translation agencies posting record profits, CEOs with yachts and multiple homes and untold millions, CEOs who have worked no harder than I have, and, in many cases, less, while I struggle to provide for my family.
As such, I’m raising my rate this year. It will now be US$0.XX/word for editable documents (.doc, .docx, .odt, etc.), and US$0.XX for uneditable pdf documents, as well as rush/weekend projects. I will still grant a discount of 1¢/word for projects with volume over 10k words.
These rates are quite reasonable really. I know professionals no more qualified than I am who charge considerably more.
I am a highly qualified, educated, and experienced professional, not only as a translator, but as an experienced court interpreter, and as a software developer and webmaster. I have considerable skills. My services are in such demand, frankly, that currently I am turning away work on a regular basis, or I will have more than I can complete. I haven’t had a day off yet this year, in all truth. I work very hard, and the quality and complexity of the work I perform, requiring as it does considerable education and formidable skill, merits appropriate compensation. With the time and energy invested in my education and skills, it is inexcusable that my family live in squalor while corporate CEOs enrich themselves on the product of my labor. Clients can pay my worth, or look elsewhere.
Thank you for your understanding.

OCCUPY ALL THE TRANSLATIONS!

tagged: #translation #agency #rates #exploitation #occupy #corporate greed

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Abolish Slavery

Abolish Slavery: End Human Trafficking NOW!

Abolish Slavery Information on modern day slavery, human trafficking, child exploitation, and resources for abolitionists, or how to be part of the solution.

But…slavery is a thing of the past, no? NO. Today, it is estimated that 27 million people live enslaved. There are more slaves today than at any prior time in human history. Trafficking in persons is SLAVERY, invovling victims who are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. The trafficking of humans it the 2nd MOST LUCRATIVE CRIME IN THE WORLD. Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually. Approximately 80% of people trafficked are female. Of these, HALF ARE GIRLS (minors). As many as 300,000 children and women are forcefully engaged in prostitution or pornography in the U.S.A. every year. Astonishingly, in the first 48 hours of being on the street, 1 IN 3 CHILDREN ARE FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION. Between 15,000 and 17,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. About half are forced to participate in commercial sexual exploitation. TWO (2) CHILDREN ARE TRAFFICKED EVERY MINUTE.
How can I learn more, and be part of the solution? Follow any of the links below: Love146.org 146Task Force AbolishSlavery Coalition iAbolish CASTTrafficked Women Stopthe Traffic iStop Traffic Stop Human Traffic HumanTrafficking.org Free the Slaves The Home Foundation Beyond Borders AntiSlavery Polaris Project Fight Slavery Now
End Modern Slavery

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Abolish Slavery
Today, it is estimated that 27 million people live enslaved. There are more slaves today than at any prior time in human history. Trafficking in persons is SLAVERY, invovling victims who are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. The trafficking of humans it the 2nd MOST LUCRATIVE CRIME IN THE WORLD. Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually. Approximately 80% of people trafficked are female. Of these, HALF ARE GIRLS (minors). About As many as 300,000 children are forcefully engaged in prostitution or pornography in the U.S.A. every year. Astonishingly, in the first 48 hours of being on the street, 1 IN 3 CHILDREN ARE FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION. Between 15,000 and 17,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. About half are forced to participate in commercial sexual exploitation. 2 CHILDREN ARE TRAFFICKED EVERY MINUTE. How can I learn more, and be part of the solution?

tagged: #slavery #sex trafficking #exploitation

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