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    Default Bad news for Teamsters, UPS begins drone deliveries

    This is just weird. I am totally against it.
    Tampa, FL - UPS announced April 27 that the company would begin drone deliveries in early May. The drones would deliver medications from a local CVS pharmacy to the largest retirement community in the U.S. Experimenting with drone delivery is only the latest development in automation at UPS. While good for shareholders, automating deliveries through drones will be disastrous for UPS workers.

    Drone deliveries will be limited to The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida. At first, the drones will be shuttling prescription medications from a local CVS pharmacy to a meet point where a package car driver will then deliver the medications. Eventually, however, the drones will be able to deliver the medications directly from CVS to the customer.

    The drone will deliver packages to customers by hovering about 20 feet in the air and slowly lowering the medications using a cable and winch system. Previously, drone deliveries were limited to hospital campuses but now are being expanded to residential customers. UPS and CVS partnered in October of last year to explore drone delivery options for medications.

    The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) which represents over 400,000 UPS workers, has not released any statement on this. The concessionary 2018 UPS Teamsters contract, which was passed despite a historic majority ‘No’ vote, has no language protecting Teamster jobs from automation. The contract instead allows the company to automate as long as the company meets with the union to discuss the changes.
    http://www.fightbacknews.org/2020/4/...one-deliveries

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    Default Re: Bad news for Teamsters, UPS begins drone deliveries

    More about UPS and drone delivery's.

    Matternet readies cargo drone for FAA tests
    One of the country’s largest small drone manufacturers is ready to begin durability and reliability testing of one of its cargo delivery units with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this year.
    Mountain View, California-based Matternet announced Tuesday that the testing with the agency brings the company’s M2 drone closer to receiving special type certification for unmanned aircraft systems.
    Achieving this certification from the FAA will establish that Matternet’s M2 drone is airworthy and eligible for use by commercial air carriers. While numerous cargo delivery drones are undergoing development and testing, none has received this level of certification.
    Since March 2019, FAA-approved drone airline UPS Flight Forward has used Matternet’s M2 drones to carry out various urban cargo delivery tests throughout the country.
    In partnership with WakeMed Health, UPS Flight Forward used M2 drones to complete more than 1,850 deliveries of lab samples within its Raleigh, North Carolina, medical campus in 2019. The FAA requires UPS drone operators to maintain a clear line of sight of the machines during flight.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/ma...-for-faa-tests

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    Default Re: Bad news for Teamsters, UPS begins drone deliveries

    They're gonna use this. Once put of work with no unions. The 1% will have pretty much total control and power politically, economically and many more ways. More than they ever had.

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    Default Re: Bad news for Teamsters, UPS begins drone deliveries

    The way I see it is in order for your delivery to be confirmed you will have to install a barcode on your residence somewhere.. Once the bar-coding starts then it will be the Government and Big business will know everything about you.. The drone will come around and notice your grass needs a little fertilizer and low and behold all the ad's from the Home Depot and Lowe's will start showing up on all your gadgets.. They are all connected.. Big brother will be watching..

 

 

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