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Heartland Labor Forum is Kansas City’s only program about the workplace. It is produced by and for our working people. We have been agitating on the air since 1989. Find out who is busting unions and who is fighting back. Hear the voices and inspiration of troublemakers in the workplace and in the global economy. Listen to our monthly features: Know Your Rights, Safety First, Economics Unmasked, and Common Good. Find out who won this month’s Boss Hog award. Heartland Labor Forum has won the International Labor Communications Award several times. This year we won two awards.

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Which Side Are You On? Right to Work or Right to Freeload January 13, 2017 | 5:00 am

Missouri Republicans are poised to deliver a body blow to the state’s private sector unions. It’s called right to work although it has little to do with either rights or jobs. This week, we’ll host a debate on the pros and cons.

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The Supreme Court On Unions & Trump Tweets On Carrier January 6, 2017 | 5:00 am

How stacked is U.S. labor law against workers? We’ll talk to author and attorney Julius Getman about his new book: The Supreme Court on Unions. Then are you skeptical oft the Tweets from Trump about how he saved all those jobs at Carrier in Indiana? We are too, so we’ll talk to United Steelworkers Local President Chuck Jones, who talked back to Trump and lived to tell the tale.

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Pray for the Dead: A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls, and Mutiny December 30, 2016 | 5:00 am

We’ll have a condensed version of the musical "Pray for the Dead: A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls, and Mutiny", in which workers in a funeral home and morgue take on the greedy 1 percenters who run things and come up with a unique way to save their jobs. Then, we’ll have a roundup of the biggest labor news from 2016 from Mark Gruenberg in Washington DC.

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Prisoners on Strike and Stress on the Line December 16, 2016 | 5:00 am

Last September, inmates in prisons across the nation went on strike against exploitative work, saying it’s a lot like slavery. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll find out what’s next. Also, we’ll talk to labor historian Priscilla Murollo about how the U.S. working class fought back against the rise of fascism in the 1930’s.

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Oil vs Water: The Dakota Access Pipeline Debate – Another Blue-Green Standoff? December 9, 2016 | 5:00 am

Our show is "Oil vs Water: The Dakota Access Pipeline Debate". Is this another Blue-Green standoff of jobs versus the environment? We’ll look at the issue from both sides as well as how the recent denial of a permit will impact the issue.

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All the Single Working Ladies and BRIDJ to Gig or a Good Union Job? December 2, 2016 | 5:00 am

We ask how money, work, marriage and divorce mix these days. Then, you’ve probably seen the shiny new BRIDJ vans around town. They’ve got union drivers and we’ll talk to ATU President JP Walker about the effects for drivers of this new Uber-like public transport service.

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The New Overtime Rules and Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind November 25, 2016 | 5:00 am

Are you exempt from overtime pay on your job? New rules going into effect December 1st may entitle you to extra pay if you work more than forty hours in a week. This week, we explain the new rule. Then, what better way is there to build community and continue our legacy than to include single parents and our children with us on the front lines?

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Student Debt: The New Indentured Servitude November 18, 2016 | 5:00 am

Are you looking at a lifetime of debt slavery to pay off your college education? Economist Hossein Bahmaie and researcher Allyson Fredericksen explore the explosion of student debt and its implications for millennials.

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Teachers and Administrators Defend the KCMO Schools November 11, 2016 | 5:00 am

Our schools are under attack. Recently the Kansas City Call asked whether the KCMO School District, with its low test scores, should even have partial accreditation. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, KCMO Public School Teachers push back.

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St. Louis Higher Ed organizing: Is It Becoming a Movement? November 4, 2016 | 5:00 am

College teachers are organizing unions in St. Louis. In an age where over half of college teachers are part-timers, they’re organizing and winning representation elections; we’ll find out why and how administrators are responding.

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