Governor’s reopening decision leaves workers in the lurch

Gov. Steve Sisolak has gone off half cocked again.

He has said that some of the businesses he ordered closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus may reopen Saturday, but what if some workers fear for their health and that of their families? Will they no longer be eligible for unemployment benefits if they refuse to return to work? Will they have to take a pay cut?

According to the morning paper, Sisolak doesn’t yet have an answer:

As for employees concerned about being required to go back to work, Sisolak said that “is a very difficult situation.”

“If they’re offered their job back, and they don’t take their job back, their eligibility for unemployment comes into question,” Sisolak said, adding that the administration was working with Nevada’s federal delegation and the Labor Department on a fix.

“I want people to feel safe when they go back to work,” he said. At the same time, “a lot of people are going to go back to work and make less than the thousand dollars a week that they’re making now, and you can say, ‘Why am I gonna go back to work?’ Those are difficult situations that we’re going to be facing in the future.”

As for the high-minded life-is-more-important-than-profit stance Sisolak and other Democrats have taken, columnist Victor Joecks takes the current hypocrisy apart:

Make no mistake: Sisolak’s decision to move Nevada into Phase 1 will increase the number of coronavirus infections. “We would anticipate an increase in new cases if mitigation efforts are lifted,” state biostatistician Kyra Morgan said in an April email.

According to no less an authority than Sisolak himself, this is unacceptable.

“I am not going to allow our workers to be put in a position that they have to decide between their job, their paycheck and their life,” Sisolak said last month on CNN. “That’s not a fair position to put them in, and I will not allow that to happen.”

But that’s what he’s allowing to happen on Saturday. That’s what he did by allowing construction to continue on the Raiders Stadium — despite workers testing positive.

Sisolak isn’t the only one who’s promulgated this standard. “Georgia’s experiment in human sacrifice” was the headline of a piece in The Atlantic on the decision to reopen by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: No one is expendable. No life is worth losing to add one more points to the Dow,” presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden tweeted Wednesday.

Sisolak’s actions on Thursday show how bogus this rhetoric is — and his own hypocrisy. Even he couldn’t live up to his own standard.

Yet the governor is requiring people to choose between a paycheck and their life without knowing all of the ramifications. Will unemployment be denied if they refuse to turn to work? That would be a key criteria in making such a decision.

Siam Square restaurant workers move tables to prepare for possible reopening Saturday. (R-J pix by K.M. Cannon)

 

25 comments on “Governor’s reopening decision leaves workers in the lurch

  1. Steve says:

    State revenues are running out.

  2. Gregory Bilyeu says:

    What is being overlooked is the fact that for many small businesses (i.e. restaurants) that have to social distance by eliminating tables or otherwise reducing capacity will still suffer and in all likelihood continue to lose money and eventually go out of business. There is no perfect answer to this dilemma and yes, we will see an increase in COVID 19 cases. Tough spot for anyone to be in and if individuals will have to make the decision on their level of comfort to start to re-integrate into society again regardless of what government may decree.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A total failure of the federal government and most particularly a failure of Frump to do in a time of national crisis what needs to be done.

    Instead, he pretends he has total control, then that he has no control. First saying that opening or not opening the state’s is up to him, then denying that.

    The entire time of course doing absolutely the wrong thing in any crisis which is to do nothing (“it’s a hoax”) then spread blame around (“the Obama, the governor’s, Hillary”) then tell everyone that their on their own and in fact ought not look to anyone to assist even though we are literally all in this together (“I’m not a distributor” “if they don’t supplicate themselves to me, I’m not taking their calls”) then literally trying to make sure that no one trusts the agencies and people appointed to positions for their expertise and abilities, when those people and agencies speak about the crisis (so many sad examples of trump contradicting, and firing, and casting doubt so as to make any mention impossible)

    When the deaths and economic damage done to this country by the inept “leadership” of Trump is added up…we will be forever out of 1’s and 0’s.

    Trump is evil and I pray that God sends him back to hell tonight.

  4. Athos says:

    Hey little p (Annie), don’t sugarcoat it. tell us how you really feel about Trump!

  5. Steve says:

    When it’s not possible to refute the topic, change it.

    While it will be good to get people working again, I recognize many of them have suffered much not having income and tips.
    Meanwhile our leaders have managed to send money to most regardless if we needed it or not.
    We are among those who did not need it.
    I know what that money will do now.

    Tips.

    This way the money sent to us will finds its way into the hands of the people who need it, work for it, had it taken away from them and earned it.

    20%? nope…lets think 100% each outing until the total has been distributed.

    Step up. Get that money into the hands of the people who need it and earn it. NONE of them are “non essential”.

  6. Athos says:

    Amen, Steve. But let’s get open so we can be “george”, yeh? By the way, it was fun golfing yesterday!

  7. Steve says:

    There’s a flip side, Athos. Soul So Korea shut some 2000 night clubs after one person spread a cluster of COVID. They are in the process of contacting some 2000 people he likely came into contact with.
    Thing is, he went to the clubs after testing negative….three days later he tested positive. Using the Virus DNA they can trace it and work back. For those three days he was contagious with no symptoms.

    As an aside, DNA tracing has shown some 70% of the viral transmission in the US came from New York City which came in people returning here from Europe. And they were all being checked before boarding flights to the US. None had any symptoms.

    This requires balance. Enjoy the golf, keep distance from people and use a bandanna when around other people.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Trump is evil

    I pray that God sends him back to hell today and if he has to endure terrible pain and suffering on the way, may thy will be done.

    Amen.

    “… critics are seizing on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to drop the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, arguing it shows how heavily politicized it has become under Attorney General William Barr.

    Anger over the extraordinary move by Justice to drop charges even after it secured a guilty plea has created a new political storm around Barr, who had previously angered Democrats for his handling of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”

    “I fear for our beloved republic”

  9. Athos says:

    Annie, don’t forget your sacrifices to the gods! I’ve heard live chickens work best.

    On a positive note, it’s nice to finally have an Attorney General that isn’t afraid to follow the rule of law!

    Now it will be interesting to see if those that broke the law, will be held accountable and thrown behind bars!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Atholes was much more likeable when he was trembling with fear because the country had elected a black man.

    How many times were we treated to wails and gnashing of teeth because our president wore a tan suit once.

    “I fear for our beloved republic”

  11. Rincon says:

    Somehow, the petty insults have obscured the thrust of what should be an important story. The justice Department dropped charges after securing a guilty plea. Is this common at all? What a coincidence that they did this with a Trump associate. Sounds a lot like the kind of thing that commonly occurs in “shithole nations”. So tell me, does anyone here besides anonymous know of a reasonable explanation, or is your faith so complete that you refuse to even examine it outside of the echo chamber? Silence here will speak volumes.

  12. Rincon says:

    I found the answer to one of my questions: “Statistically, almost no other defendants get the “Michael Flynn treatment” by a U.S. Attorney or anyone at the Justice Department, especially after the defendant has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.”

    So it’s not just a coincidence, it’s a humongous coincidence, but just a coincidence, right? Does a bear poop in Times Square? Have no fear though. I suspect that all of you will find a way to rationalize it. Just a guess.

    https://www.npr.org/2020/05/08/852582068/mike-flynn-pleaded-guilty-why-is-the-justice-department-dropping-the-charges

  13. Athos says:

    Annie, it turns out my fears were not misplaced. The light bringer knew full well about the set up to get M. Flynn. And the delaying tactics to hamstring the incoming President.

    (Just as a side note, didn’t BJ Clinton’s crew remove all the w from all keyboards upon leaving the White House? Seems childish by comparison, doesn’t it?)

    “Somehow, the petty insults have obscured the thrust of what should be an important story.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Rinny. We’ve even got the “Chosen One” himself to come out and bash Trump. And of course all the sycophants in the MSM are gonna cry outrage at AG Barr! Hypocrites! Thy name is progressives! Don’t tell us 97% of federal convictions are plea bargains. Or that the Feds have unlimited funds to spend to bankrupt the accused. We don’t want to hear it!

    If you can somehow remove your Trump hatred and look at what transpired since Hillary’s big loss November 2016, you must shudder at the blazen attack on Trump and anyone in his sphere.

    “What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” said Bill Priestep, the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence. Anybody OK with our premiere law enforcement agency acting this way? Sounds more like the KGB than the FBI, to me.

    Pay attention Rinny, that’s what people mean when they say Obama weaponized the DOJ.

    And now that the transcripts are out, Bob Mueller has got a lot of explaining to do. By the way, his 2 year investigation revealed …… what did it reveal and why did it take him so long?

    Maybe you don’t remember Louis Lerner weaponizing the IRS to go after Tea Party groups, Rinny. Or how about James Rosen being spied on by Obama’s DOJ (back in 2010)? Or all the race riots we had thanks to “Black Lives Matter”? And what ever happened to the “ME too” movement? It doesn’t apply to Tara Reid?

    Is Power your only guiding principle, Rinny? The Ends justify the Means? Is THAT what Prez Pinocchio meant by “fundamentally transforming” our beloved country? Or do you believe our country is beloved only when the right people are in power?

  14. Athos says:

    PS. Read your article by Ewing (NPR no less!). Big fat dud, huh? Peter Strzok and Lisa Page didn’t come up in that article. Makes ya wanna go “HMMMMMMM?”, don’t it?

  15. Athos says:

    And Sissylacks still a clueless dummkopf! Leaders LEAD! Democrats bumble. His new moniker is Sargent Shutlz!

  16. Eric Holder dismissed charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens for similar reasons. Flynn was coerced into copping a plea.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Absolute nonsense

    Holder’s reasons and Bart’s reasons were similar in the sense that they were reasons and in no other way.

    A VERY thorough analysis of exactly what happened to Stevens during the Bush administration (even if not fully disclosing the extent of Stevens theft) and the subsequent dismissal of charges by an AG who had zero to do with the case being prosecuted and dismissed the charges against a man that worked for republicans even though the AG was appointed by a democrat

    https://www.dcbar.org/bar-resources/publications/washington-lawyer/articles/october-2009-ted-stevens.cfm

  18. Athos says:

    “And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury [in fact Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI] just getting off scot-free…..”

    Annie, wanna take a wild guess at who said the above statement??

    He couldn’t even remember that his own crooked AG (wingman Holder) set the precedent! Of course NO ONE will hold Zero accountable, cause that would be raaaaaacsist!

    Don’t you lefties ever get tired of losing?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I love my uneducated voters

  20. Rincon says:

    So according to Athos’ logic, the feds should not be able to arrest someone who buys what he thinks is nuclear material from a federal undercover agent. Not sure how wise that would be.

    And of course, if Holder was in the wrong, what does that have to do what Barr did? Are you justifying Barr’s behavior because Holder did something similar? I certainly hope not, because that logic doesn’t even fly in grade school.

  21. Anonymous says:

    There is no allegation Holder did anything wrong and of course dismissing charges because a prosecutor failed to disclose all discovery to some would seem appropriate, but dismissing charges against a man that lied, and admitted to lying, twice, is the wrong that got us here to begin with.

  22. Athos says:

    Rin, your example is bogus. How about arresting someone that allows a Russian Company to purchase 20% of the United States Uranium? And Flynn wasn’t some nefarious character! He was the incoming NSA.

    Hopefully Trump will give the Mexican government full access to the Fast and Furious documents and then we can talk about Holder!

    And please stop with the right/left partisan blindness until you can actually digest what happened to M.Flynn. He was SET UP by Comey and Strzok. And that is NEVER ok with our federal law enforcement agency.

  23. Rincon says:

    Did he lie? Was that illegal? If so, why do you think Congress made it illegal, and then explain why one liar should receive a get out of jail free card, while all of the others go to the slammer.

    If you feel that Flynn’s position means he can’t be “nefarious”, then would you be willing to say the same about Hillary? After all, she was a Secretary of State.

    BTW, it is curious how the same person who ranted about say, Benghazi, is able to defend the raft of misdeeds by your hero and his staff. There are at least a dozen big ones and more dozens of smaller, but significant ones. Must be a vast conspiracy!

  24. Athos says:

    What misdeeds are you talking about, Rin? Trump is a Russian asset? Flynn coped a deal, READ THE FBI’S handling of his case! How can YOU be so infected with TDS that you would condone (and overlook) what Obama’s FBI did to Flynn??? THERE’S NO COVER UP, RIN! The man was set up (read all the laws broken by the FBI!) Barr appointed Jeffrey Jensen to oversee this case and it was Jensen that recommended dropping the charges. Google it for yourself.

    LEARN THE TRUTH, RIN! Come out of the shadows and free your mind from TDS!

    (And Hellery WAS a lying can’t understand normal thinking – telling the families of the Benghazi dead she was gonna make that film maker pay!) Lied to their FACE Rin. Disgusting piece of trash.

  25. Athos says:

    Brandon von Euck was the prosecuting attorney (who also worked on the Mueller team) and he RESIGNED May 7. Whats up with that, Rinny???

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