Friday, June 05, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY CONFRONTS CORONAVIRUS STAFFING SHORTAGES!!! WORKERS WISELY CHOOSE TO STAY HOME & COLLECT MORE MONEY VIA 'CARES ACT' FEDERAL STIMULUS!!!
The reopening Kansas City businesses following lockdowns in order to curb the spread of coronavirus must now overcome a major and surprising challenge: Nobody wants to work.
Reactionary critics might cite "laziness" but employees remaining at home is simply a matter of economic and capitalistic calculation. Sure, lounging around the house loaded with cash and doing a chubbier EmRata impersonation is fun but local laborers remaining off the job is, in fact, in their economic interest.
Thanks to a $1200 stimulus and $600-a-week worth of unemployment insurance, Kansas City workers are making far more cash then they would ever garner at low paying jobs.
Here's the word from an industry insider:
"There are at least a half a dozen restaurants in Kansas City that want to open but can't because they just can't find the staff. Nobody is going to reject that $600 bucks so they can pray for tips and the kindness of strangers at some half empty greasy spoon. The $600-a-week is hundreds more than most could ever dream of hustling and sweating all day. I don't blame them for it but it's definitely having an impact. Local restaurants and many other places won't really be able to get back on their feet until after the unemployment runs out in July. IF they don't extend it."
Now, some of our gentle readers don't have much experience collecting unemployment and even many employers haven't read the "Cares Act" fine print. Many locals don't understand how workers can choose to stay home when their employers want to reopen. It's simple . . . Cares Act funding has a loophole and public health stipulation that workers can continue to stay home and receive unemployment benefits if they don't feel safe returning to work.
Accordingly, given that we're seeing coronavirus numbers continue to rise throughout Kansas City workplaces . . . Concerns over workplace safety are easily justified.
To wit . . .
THE GREAT KANSAS CITY CORONAVIRUS COMEBACK HAS BEEN STALLED UNTIL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS RUN OUT!!!
There's an ongoing debate about extending the payouts that has, predictably, devolved into another partisan battle. However, many Democrats, Republicans and just about every Kansas City small biz owner now seem focused on getting people back to work.
Check the links:
UST: With $600-a-week supplement, some employers are having a hard time hiring back fearful workers making more staying home.
CNBC: That $600 unemployment benefit is likely going away. New plan would pay Americans a ‘bonus’ to return to work
Fortune: Where things stand on extending the weekly $600 federal unemployment bonus past July
Forbes: Extending The $600 Unemployment Benefit Would Hurt The Economy In 2021
GH: Is It Safe to Return to Offices? How to Resume Work During COVID-19 Pandemic
Yahoo: What workers can expect back at the office as coronavirus lockdowns ease
CNBC: The coronavirus pandemic has created a new job: temperature taker
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