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The Wall Street Journal reports that the Teamsters union has launched contract negotiations with United Parcel Service (UPS) by demanding that the shipping company agree not to use drones and driverless vehicles to make deliveries.

The teamsters also reportedly are calling “for a ban on deliveries after 9 p.m., including during the peak delivery months of November and December when drivers can find themselves delivering packages late into the night.”

The Journal writes that “UPS, like Amazon.com Inc. and others, has been testing drone deliveries and has said there are opportunities for new technologies to help reduce costs. In February 2017, the Atlanta-based company conducted a test in rural Florida with a drone that plucked a package from the roof of a truck, and then delivered it while the driver proceeded to the next delivery.”

Neither UPS nor the Teamsters commented to the Journal about the negotiations.
KC's View:
This is such BS. If the Teamsters had its way, there would still be a budget line at UPS for buggy whips.

I can understand why they are concerned. But the Teamsters ought to spend more time figuring out how to train its members to fly drones, and develop other kinds of technological expertise, rather than trying to stop the march of progress.

As for trying to stop post-9 pm deliveries, all this would do is put UPS at a competitive disadvantage, opening the door for other services to provide them. (No wonder Amazon wants to expand its role in the last mile delivery business.) Again, the Teamsters ought to be figuring out ways to help UPS and other businesses be more competitive, not less so.

Like I said. This approach is a crock.