The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #02051

Submission Number:
02051
Commenter:
Bruce Akizuki
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have been a worker for Mechanical Turk (MT) for about 4-5 years. It's been a somewhat good experience but it can greatly improve. For one thing being a Mechanical Turk worker is not regulated by the FTC so the Turkers (another word for MT workers) can be taken advantage of and basically have no worker rights and can get paid almost nothing. Whenever I've had some disputes with MT nothing basically happens except more recently they have started to listen on the MT end especially when I complained to the management. One time I've been threatened to be barred from doing a hit twice from MT even though my MT hit approval rating was very high -- a 99.3% hit completion rate. That should never happen in any job situation!!!!! I hope someone can organize a mediation board to dispute Mechanical Turk issues such as this. Amazon earns millions of dollars from consumers each year so they should a least be accountable to it's workers. Lastly I hope Turkers can be paid more. I just averaged only 40 cents for the last 20 hits I worked on. There are many 1 cent hits on Mechanical Turk. Turkers should be paid in accordance to minimum wage laws in each country ($7.25 an hour currently in the USA) and I think that would be somewhat fair and just. I wish for the FTC to step in to make Mechanical Turk and the vendors more accountable to the workers and give guidance and leadership to MT.