I was shopping at a local grocery store (Jewel-Osco) today and noticed that the self-checkout aisle had been closed. The woman at the checkout counter told me that the corporation has scrapped the machines. This is good news because it means that new cashiers will have to be hired, and this chain hires union employees, so the jobs will be decently paid.
As I’ve written in the past, automation has destroyed more American jobs than offshoring. In this case, a company has decided to pay people rather than invest in self-serve machines operated by consumers. This is a small victory, but it is still a win.