Unions Oppose Smartwatch App; “Besides the tracking and the invasion of somebody’s privacy, there is this real safety and health issue”

By B.N. Frank

Research continues to determine that smartwatch apps do NOT always provide accurate information on wearers.  Additionally, research has already determined that exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) including from smart watches, other wireless wearables, as well as other sources of wireless “Wi-Fi” radiation (including 5G) is biologically harmful.  In fact, manufacturers are required to provide warnings about exposure risks for all devices.  Nevertheless, some employers want to be able to track their employees’ every physical movement by requiring them to wear smartwatches with a monitoring app. Naturally this has unions up in arms.

From Reclaim the Net:

Companies want workers to wear smartwatches so their every move can be tracked

By Ken Macon

Tyson Foods and JBS, two of the biggest meat companies in the US, have invested in Mentore, a startup that has developed software to improve productivity and reduce injuries, according to business news outlet Investigate Midwest. The app can allow supervisors to monitor the movements of workers.

Once installed in a smartwatch, Mentore’s app can record directional movement, speed, force, and rotation of an employee’s arm. The app analyzes the data to alert a worker if they are using too much force or speed. The app can also distinguish between “mild active motion” and “intense active motion.” Menotre’s co-founder Apoorva Kiran said that the app can also monitor dehydration.

The data is made available to supervisors, Vice reported. The app also allows workers to access their historical and current “injury risk” scores.

The software has been installed in approximately 10,000 smartwatches in four different countries.

Unions are pushing back against Mentore’s software, because they feel it is being used to make workers do more work.

“Anything that is being implemented on the plant, it’s for the benefit of the company itself, not for the workers,” said Magaly Licolli, the executive director of Venceremos, a non-profit advocating for poultry workers. “Now they’re using technology to monitor workers to see how much more they can put on their shoulders.”

United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) said that requiring workers to wear a smartwatch could be a violation of health and safety policies, because it could lead to injuries and contamination of products.

“Besides the tracking and the invasion of somebody’s privacy, there is this real safety and health issue,” UFCW’s head of meatpacking Mark Lauritsen told Vice.

The app is not being used at plants where workers are represented by UFCW. Lauritsen said that they will push back to prevent the use of the app.

“We’re not going to allow their need to have more money and more productivity endanger people’s lives and limbs just so they can make an extra dollar,” he said. “It’s just not gonna happen.”

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Ken is a teacher and contributor who focuses on researching and reporting on mass surveillance and privacy rights across the world. ken.macon@reclaimthenet.org

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1 Comment on "Unions Oppose Smartwatch App; “Besides the tracking and the invasion of somebody’s privacy, there is this real safety and health issue”"

  1. For crying out loud, folks! Use your brains…get rid of all those ‘must have’ gadgets – there only to spy on you.

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