Monday, September 04, 2017


This morning Kansas City workers will rally and march for higher wages while continuing years-long advocacy that has yet to yield any real legislative change.

After a recent and overwhelming yes vote on a higher Kansas City minimum wage . . . The reality is that the battle over salary increases must be fought in Jeff City. And so a statewide Missouri petition for a $12-minumum wage has already garnered widespread support.

Still . . . Small biz and consumers in general have sought to downplay the demands of low wage workers - Whether it's simply a pecking order mentality or real life inflation fear - It's fair to say that there is very real opposition to a higher minimum wage that doesn't just fall along partisan lines. Like it or not, for many, keeping many entry level workers earning paltry hourly compensation seems like part of valuing allegedly "higher-skilled" workers. To that end, it's important to realize that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS UNSKILLED LABOR - All work demands skill and people deserve to be respected and fairly compensated for their toil.

However, the challenges confronting "working people" become even more complicated when we consider the future of automation and how technology is replacing workers at a record pace. New tech is now targeting jobs in the higher income brackets. That's right, artificial intelligence threatens to replace attorneys too and doesn't even get mad about cruel lawyer jokes.

And so . . . On this Kansas City Labor Day 2017, locals are confronted by a political fight, public backlash against fast food advocacy and technological change that all makes it harder for people to simply earn a buck.

Here's the notice from today's protest . . . You decide:

We're taking back #LaborDay!

Labor Day didn’t start as a national holiday. It started in 1882 in the streets with workers fighting for higher pay and a union! Today, workers, black, white and brown, native and foreign-born, LGBTQ and straight, continue that tradition to fight together for what we all deserve! Join us for the Labor Day National Day of Action on Mon, Sept 4th at 33rd St. and Southwest Trfwy., KCMO. Rally at 8am. March at 9am.

#FightFor15 and a #UNION

Further reading:

Detroit News: Organized labor faces multi-front battle

NY Daily News: Today's threat to worker dignity

Las Cruces: Many unprepared for the automated world to come

Chicago Tribune: This Labor Day put down your iPhone and celebrate the way its founders intended

CNN: The corporate war against unions

Time: AFL-CIO President: This Labor Day, Fight for Paid Leave

Huff Post: Unemployed on Labor Day

You decide . . .


Anonymous said...

Don't forget outsourcing.

That is still the real killer for American workers.

and the outsourcing is going after the higher end jobs too. Face it, American manufacturing is a thing of the past.

Gobi said...

^^^^ You say that like it's a bad thing. The day is coming when you'll be a robot pimp. Sending your little army out there to make bucks and bring home the bacon. Automation is not evil, could be the road to riches for people who know what they're doing.

Anonymous said...

Pimpbot 3000?

Anonymous said...

Robots in retail will be welcome, it'll be easier to say no to all of that up-selling bullsh*t. Nobody needs and extra $30 belt, b*tch!

Anonymous said...

I am sick of fast food workers being rude and fucking with your orders.

I am not going back to those places UNTIL the robots take over.

Anonymous said...

Unions lost power when their leaders quit caring about their people.

Who ya kiddin?

chuck said...

"THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS UNSKILLED LABOR - All work demands skill and people deserve to be respected and fairly compensated for their toil."

True enough Tony.

This labor day, perhaps some perspective from one of my favorite mystics, Kahlil Gibran.


Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, "He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is nobler than he who ploughs the soil.
And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet."
But I say, not in sleep but in the overwakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass...

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.


Tony, your implied premise is faulty. The assumption that people who are against the 12.00 minimum wage are greedy parasites who could easily afford to pay more to the folks in Fast Food on the downside of advantage.

The truth is, artificially enforced high wages are job killers and the evidence is abundant in cities where the minimum wage has been unrealistically raised by Government fiat.

You are not anti-union when you vote against raising the minimum wage, you are a common sense, pro job creation capitalist who can add and subtract.

At this point, any fuckin protester in the street, stopping traffic and "demanding" things, will be associated with Black Mask wearing, violent Antifa "Peace Protesters".

Let's hope they show their faces and are non violent.

Anonymous said...

Isn't 8am a little early for these guys to protest? Most of them don't get up until 2pm normally. Lots of them are going to no show or call in sick.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^And you would know

Anonymous said...

Chuck will the hat trick again.

Anonymous said...

Let's kick off this bright and beautiful Labor Day than with a heaping helping of optimism, jellybeans and unicorn farts!

Anonymous said...

These are not 'wage fighters' they are losers. Yet another dose of socialist drivel from Tony's Soros Rebroadcast Center.

Anonymous said...

Government welfare just isn't enough. Now the dregs wish to bite the corporate hands that feed them. Obviously achieving is just not acceptable to a whole generation of lazy ass Americans who can whine and mooch to get ahead. How much does blogging pay Tony? Doesn't seem to take a lot to do that.

chuck said...

THIS from the New York Post.
Start up the grill. Get the burgers and chicken going. And start imbibing. You deserve it, according to a new work study.

“We’re hard workers. We deserve the day off,” says Liz Bagot, a spokeswoman for, which conducted the survey of 2,000 Americans.

It turns out the average American works harder than our Japanese counterparts or the average European worker.

“Statistics show that Americans work longer hours than the majority of other countries — 137 hours per year more than Japanese, 260 per year more than in the UK,” according to the study.

By the way, when the comparison is made between the average French worker and the average American worker, we’re talking vive la diffĂ©rence. The American worker records about 500 more working hours per year than his or her French counterpart.

“It’s the reason we can say ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’ Labor Day is a time to celebrate the benefits we enjoy at our jobs — including weekends off,” Bagot adds.

She warns there’s one thing Americans should be careful to avoid during the holiday: “Work, of course.”

Anonymous said...

Worthless COCKSUCKERS must be taking a vacation day. Let them go
pick cotton.

Anonymous said...

It's sad to see these people taken advantage of by local politicos and labor "leaders" who are more interested in television face time and publicity for themselves than for these workers' interests.
Imagine what might be accomplished if these "leaders" spent all this time they waste marching around instead helping these folks take advantage of the numerous training, apprenticeship, community college, and other programs where they could actually improve their skills and earn better incomes.
The general hard-working public is way past tired of all the marching, protesting, and demanding by one marginal group or another. In KCMO there's some kind of silly "event" almost every day.
Time to get serious, suck it up, realize you're responsible for yourself, and take some initiative.
And you don't even need a sign to do that.

Anonymous said...

Does Tony get paid to smear opponents?

Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Fast food is successful because it is generally edible, somewhat appetizing and over all, cheap. Higher wages will erase that cheap part... and perhaps the edible and appetizing part too. Only the high end fast food places will survive (Freddy's, Five Guys, Steak and shake, etc.). These dummy's are going to be unemployed and take a lot of other folks with them.

On the other hand, I generally avoid the big fast food chains anymore. I find many of them to be staffed with employees who are rude and have a terrible, don't give a damn attitude. As a result, the stores look bad, smell bad and are filthy.

No one needs fast food. They can always pack a lunch.

Anonymous said...

All wage workers need a raise. The only way we are going to get one is by backing President Trump's tax cut plan. Raising the standard deduction to 25k for individuals and 50k for couples would give us all the boost we need to become at least part time consumers.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Protesting fer a higher wage too !!

I want $75.00 an hour what I want,,,,,,,

and, and I want a guaranteed 60 hours paid too, even tho I only wanna work from 11am till 1pm, with an HOUR for Lunch, 4 days off !!!!

I Tink dat' sounds fair, don't ya'll ????????

work 3 days fer an HOUR and get paid fer 60 hours !!

with 4 days off and ya' still getting paid fer 60 hours

Now Dats' what I'm talkin' about,, Yaaaa' :)

Anonymous said...

The battle isn't over until we get paid more and have to do nothing. Fuck you capitalist robots that have wasted your lives setting a bad example by working for a living. There is plenty for everyone. Come on over to our side.

Anonymous said...

Because that's what degenerates in society do...