Oregon Could Become First State To Limit Number Of Self-Checkout Machines In Stores

Oregon’s AFL-CIO is leading the push to limit self-checkout machines to two a store.

The Willamette Week reports:

“Oregonians rarely pump their own gas. One of the state’s most powerful labor unions wants to make sure they don’t bag their own groceries.

A ballot initiative petition headed to the Oregon Attorney General’s Office would limit the number of self-checkout stations to two per store.

The Oregon AFL-CIO labor union will be submitting ‘The Grocery Store Service and Community Protection Act’ to the attorney general for approval Thursday. From there, the union would need to gather 112,020 signatures for it to be added to the 2020 ballot.

The Portland Mercury reported on the initiative petition earlier today.

The proposed ballot initiative would ask voters to require grocers to employ human checkers, not robots.

‘The widescale use of self-checkout machines in our state’s grocery stores is part of a deliberate corporate strategy that relies on automation to reduce labor costs and eliminate jobs,’ Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain said in a statement.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Willamette Week here.

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