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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34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's one other point you missed Tk:

The wages are shit and so other jobs. If you're on the bottom of the food chain and making close to minimum wage. Getting every cent of the unemployment is a must. It's the most cash you'll see any time soon and crap jobs like that are easily replaceable for both worker and owner.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Maybe, but you're missing the fact that business owners can face lawsuits if they fire employees who don't come into work. The people collecting unemployment are free to do it if they use that loophole.

Raptor said...

And THIS is why many businesses are hopeful about the future of automation. Robots can't work the system if that's not part of their programming.

They do as told and don't stop working until they're unplugged.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Just like your wife!

Anonymous said...

One call to the dept of labor telling them an employee who was approved for unemployment has been offered a job and refused to come back and that free money is cut off. It's actually cathartic making the call.

Back to work freeloaders.

Anonymous said...

^^^

Sorry that's wrong. You didn't read the article. If they're afraid they'll catch coronavirus they don't have to come back to work.

Your call is actually actionable against you. You just admitted you broke the law. Please tell us what business you own so you can be reported.

Anonymous said...

You can criticize low wage workers for acting in their own best economic interest. Every proponent of unfettered capitalism has made the same argument many times, they just substituted the words "low wage worker" with "successful company".

Anonymous said...

Sorry... "can't criticize"...

Anonymous said...

You're supposed to have an underlying and documented condition that predisposes you to coronavirus or else your employer can tell the state that you refused to return to work.

Reggio said...

^^^^

Every free health clinic in KC would certify somebody as pre-diabetic. Sorry. YOU LOSE.

And you're not reading that Cares Act correct. They don't have to have a doctor's note and they don't have to give it to you. That's a violate of HIPPA rules. The Department Of Labor isn't asking for medical proof.

Anonymous said...

In Sweden they did nothing and everyone is fine.

Anonymous said...

good article, tkc.

Anonymous said...

Um, it's HIPAA, there, HR whiz.

Anonymous said...

^^^^
Actually, for more than just a few of this gang it's HIPPO.
Not good for health or the condition of their shoes.

Anonymous said...

7:12 ^^ If you are on the bottom. Usually there is a reason. past a 17 year old kid,it usually means you 're a lazy fuck and/or your time was too valuable to pay attention to basic education, worth ethics , hygiene and lack of basic skills and mostly desire to achieve. Hitting that crack pipe and crying for yourselves. The whole basis of Capitalism is the ability to move up and achieve. It doesn't include stay stagnant at 14 or bring a bunch or poor me I want to be a loser excuses. Each to their own. TOnys is filled with Post Covid Unemployed whining bitches and armchair know how to actually do nothing know it alls.

Anonymous said...

"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."

This is total bullshit. Everyone will work if the price is right. These restaurants are CHOOSING to remain closed. If they offered, say, $30 an hour, they'd have more applicants than they can handle.

Don't these capitalists know how capitalism works?

Anonymous said...

The grammer in your post is a great example of what those "in the bottom" should strive to be better than. There's not one complete or coherant sentence in the whole damn thing.

IRONY 1 - POSTER 0

Anonymous said...

"In Sweden they did nothing and everyone is fine."

As much as I would really like that to be true, it isn't. Weird that magical thinking doesn't work in the real world.

Anonymous said...

Sentance

Anonymous said...

8:04 for the win!

Anonymous said...

Also, 'grammar'.

Anonymous said...

Bitch shut up.

Anonymous said...

WHAAAHHH WHAAAHHH!!

I'M A RESTAURANT OWNER AND CAN'T MAKE A PROFIT EVEN THOUGH I PAY MY WAITSTAFF $2.13 AN HOUR!!

HOW DO THEY DO IT IN EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD??!!

THIN PROFIT MARGINS THIS IS SO HARD WHHAAAHHHHH!!

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile we're getting a clearer picture of which workers are actually essential and which are not. If businesses and municipalities can operate without them, they're not needed.

John Maynard Keynes said...

$30 an hour for a waiter job?

That would probably mean $50 for a sandwich.

Bad deal. No thanks.

Anonymous said...

You have absolutely no idea how it works if you're thinking of paying wait staff 30 bucks an hour.

Anonymous said...

That's how unfettered capitalism works. The waiter wants higher wages to work, the restaurant charges more for their sandwich to cover higher wages, you demand a higher wage from your employer to pay for all those sandwiches, your employer charges more for their product to cover your higher wages, and now the waiter demands in even higher wage to pay for your employer's increased product price... and around and around we go.

Anonymous said...

No, that's inflation and a good demonstration of how it doesn't work to simply raise wages. It alters nothing about the problem except its scale.

Anonymous said...

8:23 ask UBER, they pay their drivers shit and can because enough dumb fucks with cars are that desperate! I am sure anyone who you pay 2:13 a hour too is too which is why you before the pandemic had a shit ton of turn over!! You greedy fuck business owners should pay minimum wage to every employee in the restaurant business, and if you did that with along with your employees earning tips could actually make a living, so go fuck yourself.

Anonymous said...

Restaurants and bars cannot make money at 25% capacity. Why open?

Anonymous said...

Because they care so much about the community!!

Haven't you even seen their FB posts?

Anonymous said...

"$30 an hour for a waiter job?

That would probably mean $50 for a sandwich.

Bad deal. No thanks."

It might mean you pay more for a sandwich, but you always have the option of making your own sandwiches. If you can't afford to eat out, don't.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing capitalistic about unemployment that pays better than gainful employment. That is just government redistribution of wealth from the producers to the moochers. Another word for it is socialism.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so true! How dare the government that bailed out the banks, airlines, investment bankers, etc. do anything for the common worker?

Socialism is for the rich, you silly Trix rabbit!