Part-time employees at RaterLabs, an artificial intelligence provider whose only known customer is Google, are campaigning to qualify for the tech giant’s $ 15-an-hour minimum wage for its “expanded workforce” in 2019.

Yahoo Finance that quality evaluators, whose sole job is to evaluate the accuracy of Google’s search and advertising results, do not qualify for sick leave, PTO, or other benefits that the company provides for its TVCs (temporary workers, suppliers, and independent contractors). Google has increased the basic salary after the critical one of TVC’s treatment in 2018 – the same year when it was revealed that most of Google’s workforce was from the company.

Many RatersLabs employees believe that the work they do is vital enough for Google to receive higher pay and benefits from their colleagues. That’s what Christopher Collie, who has been working for Google since 2017, said Yahoo Finance that he earned only $ 10 an hour and did not qualify for a promotion in the five years he worked at RaterLabs. Colley is also part of (AWU-CWA), a subgroup of Communications Workers of America focused on organizing full-time and part-time Alphabet workers.

“Appraisers work from home, use their own devices, can work for multiple companies at once, and don’t have access to Google’s systems and / or badges,” a Google spokesman told Engadget. “As noted on the policy page, the Salary and Benefits Policy applies to the extended Alphabet workforce provided (persons with systems and / or access to the Google Badge).”

Among the obstacles workers have to jump to qualify for the pay increase provided to some TVCs is a minimum 30-hour work week. As AWU-CWA hastened to point out, RaterLabs performers are limited to just 26 hours.

RatersLabs Indeed Employee Accounts describe low morale, low pay and a vague feedback process. “Reviews are monthly, and a bad review potentially costs you your job […] The guidelines may change the week before the examination and you may be “assessed” on the basis of them, even though you have done the work before. ” former RatersLab employee in January 2022. “The work is very flexible, the pay is mediocre and you have no chance of progress.”

This is not the first time Google’s army of appraisers has talked about low pay, lack of opportunities for progress and unfavorable working conditions. In fact, RatersLabs was from the CEO of Leapforce, a company that has also hired Google search engine and advertising products. As early as 2017, Leapforce was evaluated for chaotic working conditions, as a result, at least three contractors were fired, two of whom claimed that their separation from the company was an act of revenge. Like Ars Technique , a number of Leapforce workers filed complaints with the National Labor Council, which were eventually resolved by agreement. Appen – which Leapforce in May 2017 is also the parent company of RatersLabs.

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