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AFL-CIO to Ask Oregon Voters to Limit Supermarket Self-Checkouts

Sept. 16, 2019, 12:50 PM

The Oregon AFL-CIO is poised to launch an initiative petition signature drive to ban the use of more than two self-service checkout stations in grocery stores.

The move is a response by organized labor to what it perceives as the threat to jobs presented by automation. Self-service kiosks have been followed in recent years by cashierless convenience stores like Amazon Go and other imitators that allow shoppers to pick items off the shelves and leave without checking out with a cashier or even at a kiosk.

“This is a huge workers’ issue,” Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain said in a ...