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There's growing concern over Silicon Valley's two-tiered workforce: While some tech employees get to enjoy whimsical campuses, free or cheap gourmet lunches, and daily shuttles to work, others — contractors who work not for a tech company but for a staffing company — get far fewer perks.

There's been a lot of attention lately on Google's contractors, but a new report from Bloomberg sheds some light on Apple's armies of workers who get a different-color badge and aren't allowed to use Apple's gym.

Bloomberg focused on an office in Sunnyvale, California, near Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, operated by Apex Systems. Inside Apple, this office is reportedly called a "black site," a military term for a base where secret operations take place — the locations where the CIA tortured enemy combatants during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were called "black sites."

In the Apple black site, contractors making about $25 per hour clean maps and other data — a painstaking, labor-intensive task.

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