I like your "Socialist" way of looking at employment, and yes, a health/dental/disability plan would be fantastic, but in reality you probably need to be working for the Government or a national/international corporation these days to enjoy all these glorious benefits.
So...you aren't in the USA? That explains a lot (unfortunately).
All indicators are you are being exploited...sorry, but true.
If you are expected (in your normal role as a creative shooter) to hand over the original raw files and have zero claim over their final exploitation then yes, you are being exploited.
It ain't "socialist" bud, it's capitalism and boils down to the relative value of what you are providing to those that are exploiting you. If you are an independent contractor and not being provided with the various benefits required by US law, then what you create does not fall under the heading of work-for-hire. "Google" it to know what I'm talking about).
Bottom line, based on US Copywrite Law (and the Bern Convention) unless you sign away the rights explicitly, you own all the rights to exploit your images(the copyright)...if you choose not to, that's your burden to bare...but USA photographers have fought very hard to mitigate this issue as a normal course of doing business.
If you fall under the heading of being exploited (meaning being spreading your legs and claiming to enjoy it) so be it. It would be useful to state where you are working and what agreements your signed that make your statements so, well, truly pathetic.