No Robot Takeover in the Warehouse!

No Robot Takeover in the Warehouse!

Warehouse workers are quite confident that robots will not replace them … at least, not yet.

Part of their jobs involves precision work that robots do not have the dexterity or range of motion to perform. To warehouse workers, the greatest potential for robots is to assist them with physically demanding or unpleasant tasks.

Supervisory work also seems immune to a robot takeover.  Moreover, the high cost of robots rules out their use in small- to medium-volume operations.

At least for now.

This post is based on the NPR article, ‘Don’t Think a Robot Could Do This’: Warehouse workers aren’t worried for their jobs, by A. Selyukh, January 25, 2018.  

Discussion Questions

1) What is the primary reason warehouse workers feel that their jobs are secure? Should they feel that way?

Guidance: Discuss the present vs. future of robots in warehouses. The robots with which workers are familiar are still unable to do many of the picking and packing tasks they perform. Therefore, their jobs appear to be secure for the time being. However, the development of skilled robots, the need for greater efficiency, and the falling costs may threaten many of those jobs in the Continue reading

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Teamsters Say No to Driverless Delivery

Teamsters Say No to Driverless Delivery

February 2, 2018

UPS and the Teamsters have opened contract negotiations.  Their last contract was signed in 2013, at the start of the online retail boom.

In light of the large growth in deliveries from online store like Amazon, UPS is looking to add flexibility in this contract to allow competition against other delivery organizations, and meet the increasing demands to speed up delivery of goods.

However, the Teamsters’ initial demands are to prohibit UPS from using drones or driverless trucks. Also, they want to eliminate deliveries after 9:00 pm (including the Christmas delivery season), and hire an additional 10,000 employees.  UPS has added approximately 40,000 employees over the last five years.

This post is based on the Fox Business article, Teamsters Tell UPS: No Drones or Driverless Trucks, by Paul Ziobro, January 24, 2018. 

Discussion Questions
1. Should UPS consider the demands of no drones and no driverless trucks in contract negotiations?

Guidance: Collective bargaining is a difficult process.  Unions typically want to protect their membership, and expand if possible the number of union jobs.  This is exactly what the Teamsters are demanding with these provisions.

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