The New Yorker on Uber and crowdwork

This is a good article. It hit me how so much of this can be applied to the MTurk situation. Such as:

  • No one trusts the intermediary: “Much worker-protection legislation takes the view that, when there’s a tough call like this, we should put workers’ interests above corporate ones. But it’s not clear that most of Uber’s drivers would be better off if we declared them employees. The ones who treat their gig as a full-time job—driving forty hours a week or more—would probably benefit. But Uber would likely recoup its rising labor costs by taking a larger cut of fares and shrinking its workforce. “
  • The contractor/employee dichotomy is problematic: “We’d do better to create a third legal category of workers, who would be subject to certain regulations, and whose employers would be responsible for some costs (like, say, reimbursement of expenses and workers’ compensation) but not others (like Social Security and Medicare taxes).”
  • Work needs to be treated like work: “It makes no sense to have a well-developed safety net for one category of employment and virtually none for other kinds of productive work.”

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