Spying at Work Includes Peeking at E-Mail
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Back here in the U.S., labor unions are battling an issue they say belongs more in some communist regime than in a democracy. It's our last word in business today: workplace surveillance.
A study from the American Management Association shows that more than half of employers monitor employees' email, and more than a quarter of employers have actually fired somebody for sending inappropriate emails.
If that doesn't sound like something from the pages of a communist-era thriller, consider this. The study found that some employers even use GPS technology to track employees who use company BlackBerrys or phones.
I got a BlackBerry. I'm right here.
Union leaders tell their members they can file a grievance about it, but there's no law against spying in the workplace.
And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.