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Heartland Labor Forum (Repeat)

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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KC’s Entertainment Unions and Charter Schmarter February 23, 2018 | 5:00 am

When you watch TV or go to a play, or the symphony or to Starlight, do you ever wonder what the working conditions are for the people who put on the show? Who has a union and who doesn’t, and what difference does it make?

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Brexit and British Workers and The Polk School February 16, 2018 | 5:00 am

Will Britain be able to hold it together in these turbulent times, and what will be the impact on British workers? Also: if you’re a woman worker and want a beautiful place to chase away the winter blues, think about applying for the Polk School. We’ll talk about the Regina Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference May 16th - May 20th.

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Generation Dollar General and the New Poor People’s Campaign February 9, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll take a look at Dollar General. Its CEO is betting on increased income inequality to make him billions. During the last year of his life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put justice for poor and working-class people at the center of his agenda. Is it time again in the age of Dollar General to put the 99% first?

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Two Books: Black Detroit and On New Terrain: How Capital Is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War by Kim Moody February 2, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll talk to authors of two books: Black Detroit A History of Self-Determination by Herb Boyd, who will discuss the impact the labor movement had on the rise of the black middle class. Then, it’s On New Terrain: How Capital Is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War by Kim Moody. We’ll find out what organizing possibilities are hiding in our quickly changing world.

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Blood, Sweat and Fear: Violence in the Auto Industry and The Golden Shower of Tax Cuts January 26, 2018 | 5:00 am

Violence at work is not limited to postal workers. We’ll interview Jeremy Milloy about his new book Blood, Sweat and Fear: Violence in the Auto Industry. Then, we’ll find out about that golden shower of tax cuts from David Kay Johnston.

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Living in the Shadow of the Border January 19, 2018 | 5:00 am

We talk to three citizens who live at the U.S.- Mexico border, including one whose Indian reservation spans the border. We’ll find out what it’s like to face constant checkpoints and armed patrols, and why they want less walls and more cross-border community.

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“Me Too” a Roundtable and Call-in on Sexual Harassment January 12, 2018 | 5:00 am

We'll feature a roundtable with HLF volunteers, lawyer Kelly McCambridge and YOU, talking about the “Me Too” and “Times Up” movements.

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The One Device: The Secret History (and Moral Cost) of the iPhone and Panic Buttons for Hospitality Workers January 5, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll explore the secret history and moral cost of the iPhone, its global supply chain and why it’s called the one device. Then: after too many instances of sexual attack and harassment, Chicago hotel workers, members of UNITE-HERE Local 1, got the city council to pass the “Hands Off Pants On” Ordinance to protect them.

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Eleanor Goldfield: Paradigm Lost and Religious Freedom May Cost You Your Job December 29, 2017 | 5:00 am

Revolutionary poet, musician and citizen journalist Eleanor Goldfield will discuss NAFTA, worker’s rights, fighting the man and the power of art to change the world. Then--Missouri, Kansas and other states are passing laws to block activism for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We’ll take a closer look at the connection between our freedom of speech and an issue that never seems to go away.

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Amazon: Walmart of the Internet and Jobs with Justice’s Amazon Wish List December 22, 2017 | 5:00 am

Before you click on to find the perfect gifts this holiday season, find out how poor working conditions, unfair competition and billions in tax incentives have made Amazon the "Wal-Mart of the Internet".

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