Friday, June 23, 2017


In fairness and because salaries for local creative types are even worse than fast food wages. Check this insight into dramatic, local fair wage protest and some clips from last night's groundbreaking performance that earned rave reviews.

Highlight . .

"Many of their pieces draw from racist interactions with employers or strangers—for instance, one from organizer Terrance Wise highlights the time he and his Burger King coworkers confronted a manager who told their Latinx colleague Suzy to “go back to Mexico” with a petition demanding an apology."


WATCH: Kansas City Fast-Food Workers Share Stories of Struggle

Join cooks and cashiers working with Stand Up KC and Fight for $15 as they narrate personal stories of corporate mistreatment, poverty and resistance via live performances. Photo: Provided to Colorlines by Stand Up KC Fast-food workers and activists with the Stand Up KC and Fight for $15 workers' rights campaigns spent the last six weekends translating their personal stories of hardship and perseverance into cathartic and sometimes humorous narratives for the stage.


Anonymous said...

The art scene here is.vey lame and not much talent if any. Mostly just a bunch of maladjusted types who want to be identified as artists.

Retro ROCKER said...

If an establishment,is not paying a living wage don't give them business. Why would you put junk food in your million dollar body.

Anonymous said...

are there any robots acting?

Anonymous said...

If only Mr Wise would put on a play sharing how much money he receives from the SEIU. Folks, this guy is a fraud and makes money off portraying how poor he is. Ask who paid for him and his family, including mom, to go to Washington, DC two years ago. 9 years in the biz and he hasn't been promoted to management? What does that say about his work performance or skills? They are so desperate for good people to move up in the ranks but he wants to put in a minimum effort, thus he makes a minimum wage. How do you think he "pays the bills" when he is taking time off every other week to promote the "cause"


Anonymous said...

Must read article on who Terrance Wise is

Anonymous said...

This has more to do with radical chic than economics.

Anonymous said...

Sad stories. They’re the go-to strategy for the activist class looking to get public support for their various regulatory agendas. The strategy is simple: Present some person’s unique hardship and then claim that it is typical of a whole class of people who would be helped by the proposed mandate.

We saw this strategy on display again recently. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) staged protests of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants with a handful of disaffected workers to protest CEO Andy Puzder’s nomination as secretary of labor.

The sob story strategy is effective to the extent that the media is unable or unwilling to point out the obvious: Those featured in them are unique cases and often have themselves to blame for their circumstances.

Consider the story of JoAnn Wise. She’s a Hardee’s employee who the SEIU has put up to attack Mr. Puzder and agitate for a slew of new opportunity-killing regulations. Last week, Ms. Wise “wrote” a Washington Post op-ed stating after “a lifetime of work” at Hardee’s she was still in poverty, still earning $8 an hour. (I put “wrote” in quotation marks because either someone on the SEIU payroll wrote the piece or she can’t correctly spell her son’s name as he spells it on the internet.)

Did Ms. Wise not notice during her decades of work at Hardee’s the hundreds of co-workers leaving their entry-level jobs for other employment that paid more for newly acquired work skills and experience? Why did she choose to stay in a starter job for so long? Was Hardee’s the problem or might self-reflection surface other reasons for her difficulties? Taking responsibility for your life decisions is often difficult but that doesn’t mean your circumstances are not your fault.

Even more bizarre, her son Terrance Wise has also been used by the unions as the face of entry-level wage employment. He, too, has been working starter jobs at restaurants for over 20 years, struggling to provide for three daughters.

Anonymous said...

At our McDonald franchise we are replacing our workers with robots.

Anonymous said...

Screw all of them.

Anonymous said...

"Kansas City workers sit on their lazy asses and whine the blues when ample job training programs and education are available to those who actually grasp the notion of working to get paid"

Anonymous said...

Well said.