Shoppers head toward the self-checkout lanes at Fred Meyer. (Flickr) This month, union activists in Oregon turned in the first batch of signatures to get the Grocery Store Service and Community Protection Act on the ballot for 2020. The Act would limit grocery stores to a maximum of two self-checkout lanes at a time.
Oregon ALF-CIO president Tom Chamberlain issued a statement explaining his motivations for supporting the Act: 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. It disproportionately […]
The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation . Carl Benedikt Frey. Princeton University Press. 2019.
It seems that barely a month can pass without new forecasts of technology-induced job losses hitting the front pages. The Office for National Statistics are at it , Deloitte , PricewaterhouseCoopers , the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the World Bank even dedicated their most recent World Development Report to the future of work. Fittingly, it was Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne who turbo-charged the automation debate back in 2013 when their paper estimated that […]
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Attempting to save his flailing presidential candidacy, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to tax businesses for automating jobs, calling it a “robot tax.” Ironically, the plan would hurt the workers that de Blasio aims to help.
De Blasio’s plan would involve establishing a tax on businesses that replace human jobs with automation in the form of five years’ worth of payroll taxes for the jobs eliminated. The revenue raised from this […]
Robot Tax: Tax on Replacing Human Jobs with Automation The National Law Review
President Obama said: the next wave of economic dislocation would come from automation making good middle-class jobs obsolete. Bill de Blasio, mayor of …
Automation can perform both routine physical activities as well as cognitive capabilities. This capability development has made policymakers and the public nervous about the impact on workers and their wages. In Ted Claypoole’s post Stacking The Deck For Workers Over Machines, he acknowledges that there is a partisan divide on the direction of finger pointing pertaining to the reduction of certain jobs in our […]
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Andrew Yang had his best policy moment of the Democratic debates last night when he said, “This country has been a magnet for human capital for generations. If we lose that, we lose something integral to our continued success.” Yang should talk more about immigration. And more about thorium-fueled nuclear reactors. Maybe also flesh out his VAT idea .
But Yang’s main idea, a universal basic income (UBI), is less appealing. It’s an elegant idea that would quickly look less so when filtered through the reality of government sausage-making and flawed human behavior . Then there’s Yang’s alarmist argument that […]
Beto O’Rourke recently unveiled his labor plan which consists of a $15 minimum wage and measures to increase compulsory unionization. The former El Paso congressman believes that no one in America should be living below the poverty line, hence his support for a $15 minimum wage. Similarly, O’Rourke contends that such a wage increase would boost worker productivity. The $15 minimum wage is in vogue among leftist elites, with states like California and Washington leading the way.
In addition, O’Rourke laments the decline of labor unions in America. He believes that their declining membership is the reason behind stagnating worker […]
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These days, automation is all the rage. Companies are using AI and robotics to automate every possible task to create greater efficiencies and profits, leading to heated debates about the roles humans will play in business in the future.
On the one hand, there is the logical argument that as AI takes over mundane and repetitive tasks, there will be no need for humans to do these, leading to massive job losses around the world. Another argument states that as these jobs become automated, new jobs and roles – which currently don’t exist – will […]
A conversation about the future of autonomous trucking with pro-labor author and sociologist Steve Viscelli.
Steve Viscelli doesn’t think of himself as a naysayer. "I’m more a yes-sayer with a pessimistic outlook," said Viscelli, an economic and political sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Big Rig: Trucking & the Decline of the American Dream.
That book featured some serious, on-the-ground research, with Viscelli driving thousands of miles in a Class 8 truck. He’s currently at work on another book about trucking, this time about autonomy and automation.And yeah, he’s pretty pessimistic about the self-driving future, at […]
Last month, global investment strategist Ruchir Sharma set the dovecotes aflutter when he declared that for countries like India, “5% (GDP growth) is the new 7%, the appropriate aspirational standard.”
He based his growth pessimism on the emergence of four Ds – deglobalisation, depopulation (a shrinking global labour force), declining productivity, and a debt overhang as big as the one in 2008. Almost on cue, India’s GDP number for the first quarter of 2019-20 (April-June) fell with a thud to 5%.
Few Indian economists will agree with Sharma’s formulation, for if India has to accept 5% as the new aspirational benchmark, […]