Friday, May 01, 2020
REBELLION!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS RESISTS MISSOURI GUV PARSON & EMPLOYERS WITH EARLY REOPEN ADVICE TO WORKERS: DON'T GO!!!
This is the last Friday of the current coronavirus lockdown for many Missouri and Kansas residents and it begins with a major dispute betwixt elected leaders.
The upshot . . .
KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS STARTED A FIRESTORM VIA SOCIAL MEDIA ADVISING WORKERS TO REFUSE ORDERS FROM THEIR BOSS & THE GUV!!!
The argument is over compulsory work attendance and before we get started we must remind readers that both Missouri & Kansas are hire and fire AT-WILL states. Basically, at-will hiring means that employers aren't required to show cause for termination. Moreover, let's be real and admit that low wage workers (i.e. most people) are never afforded any of the workplace rights imagined by politicos and pundits. But beyond the reality of working conditions, here's a look at the political angle that starts with a stern reminder from Missouri's Republican leader . . .
KSHB: Missouri Gov. Parson: ‘If boss calls, you’ve got to go back to work’
Gov. Mike Parson made it clear Thursday during his daily press briefing that when the state economy reopens, employees will be expected to report to work — or risk losing their jobs.
“When we open the state up, if you’ve got to go back to work, if your boss calls and says you have to go back to work, you have to go back to work,” Parson said.
To wit . . .
Check the surprisingly forceful contradiction from Mayor Quinton Lucas that encourages many residents to skip work this coming Monday . . .
Mayor Quinton Lucas: "I say this with respect, but--even as a matter of law--you don't have to go. If you feel unsafe or like you might compromise a loved one's health, don't go. There may be repercussions, but your health and your family's health is more important.
"In Kansas City, we've added protections mandating that an employer at a newly opening business ("non-essential") cannot terminate you for looking out for you and your loved ones' health and safety."
Accordingly . . .
The coronavirus reopen debate won't be settled until workers return to their jobs and the public witnesses the pandemic mortality count that will hopefully, God willing, stay far lower than dire predictions that have overestimated the crisis so far. Still, make no mistake about it, this is the biggest gamble Kansas City and the nation have undertaken in decades: A choice that pits money vs. human life, which is essentially the fundamental conflict underlying every civilization throughout history.
You decide . . .