After supporting minimum wage increases just about anywhere and everywhere that they are proposed, organized labor is now looking at the resulting turn toward automation with an eye on restricting or limiting such business options. In Oregon, where the current minimum wage for most counties is $11.25 an hour ($11 in non-urban counties and $12.50 in the city of Portland) and tied to inflation beginning in 2023, labor is pushing new restrictions on automation in grocery stores. An initiative petition being circulated for the 2020 ballot would mandate that Oregon “grocery stores cannot have more than two self-service checkout stations operating at any one time per location.” The effort (supported by the state AFL-CIO) cleared its first hurdle yesterday when the 1,356 sponsor signatures were officially verified (1,000 sponsor signatures were required by law). If the effort is ultimately successful, expect the likely next target to be quick service restaurants!