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Despite those reservations, some privacy advocates think the percentage of employees who accept monitoring will continue to increase. "It's a battle that unfortunately we've mostly lost," says Paula Brantner, senior advisor of Workplace Fairness, a nonprofit that promotes employee rights, and president of consulting firm PB Work Solutions. "Employees are acclimated to it. [As consumers] they've already forfeited their privacy in a lot of different ways." Between wearable devices such as fitness trackers, social media posts and smartphone applications, she says, "people are already giving up data left and right."

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187 Republicans vote against bill to close the gender wage gap

Casey Quinlan

Fast food workers declare victory after McDonald’s withdraws opposition to minimum wage hikes

Alan Pyke

GM poured billions into stock buybacks then closed plants

Laura Clawson

Anchor brewery workers unionize

Laura Clawson

“We Demand Food for Thought”: UIC Grad Workers On Strike for Living Wages and Respect

Hannah Steinkopf-Frank

In the Courts more

Salgado v. Carrows Restaurants Inc.

Addressed whether an arbitration agreement could be enforced, given that it was signed only after the employee filed her employment discrimination lawsuit. Reversed and remanded for further findings.

University of Southern California v. NLRB

Addressed whether non-tenure-track faculty of a private university's school of art and design had the right to join a labor union. The university contended that these full- and part-time faculty members lacked a protected right to unionize because they were, in effect, managerial employees. Granting the university's petition for review in part, the D.C. Circuit held that one aspect of the National Labor Relations Board's decision on this question conflicted with Supreme Court precedent.

March 28, 2019

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Thousands of Uber drivers are striking in Los Angeles

How the Horrific Tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Led to Workplace Safety Laws

How Do We Punish Bad Men While Protecting Restaurant Workers?

8.2 million workers could lose out on higher overtime pay if Trump rule OK’d, study says

‘I'm really struggling’ — Facing pay cuts, some ride-hailing drivers prepare to strike

Wage gap between top employees and everyone else is 'off the chart'

Janus’s Progeny? A Supreme Court Threat to Majority Rule Looms

Transit Unions Are Drawing Up a Plan to Confront Autonomous Vehicles

Kickstarter Employees Plan to Unionize

At Trump’s Federal Labor Police, Lights Are On But No One’s Home

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