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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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Teachers March Again and The Management Myth July 1, 2016 | 5:00 am

Five reasons you should go to the People’s March for public education and social justice in Washington DC July 8-10. Then, what’s management expertise good for? Author Matthew Stewart, who wrote The Management Myth, will tell us management thought is full of fuzzy thinking, fudged data, hidden agendas and plain old BS.

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Pullman Porters: The Making of the Black Middle Class in KC June 24, 2016 | 5:00 am

After the Civil War until World War II, one of the few good jobs open to African American men and a few women as Pullman Porter or Maid. To be sure, they weren't treated as equals and had to hustle for every nickel, but in a world of segregation, porters helped create a black middle class in Kansas City and around the country.

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Thomas Frank: Listen Liberal and Postal Banking: Is the Time Now? June 17, 2016 | 5:00 am

KC area native Thomas Frank has written about why Kansans vote against their self-interest and about how the right wing took over America. Now he looks at the Democrats in his new book Listen Liberal: Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? He’ll be on Heartland Labor Forum this week where we’ll also look at an alternative to pay-day lenders in communities that banks have abandoned and ask: Is it time to bring back postal banking?

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James Green: The Devil’s in These Hills and Don Blankenship Goes to Jail (Sort Of) June 10, 2016 | 5:00 am

From the 1870s to the 1930s, there was a deadly war in West Virginia between coal corporations with hired governors and thugs and coal miners with their union and the legendary Mother Jones. James Green, whose new book, The Devil is Here in These Hills, will be on the Heartland Labor Forum to talk about it. Then, we’ll ask if jailing former coal CEO Don Blankenship, responsible for the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, is a victory for the miners.

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Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary and Jamala Rogers: Ferguson Is America June 3, 2016 | 5:00 am

We'll talk to Gerald Horne about his book on the great singer and activist Paul Robeson. The book is called "The Artist as Revolutionary". Then it’s noted St. Louis community activist Jamala Rogers with her new book "Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion".

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The New Center for Neighborhoods and Disabilities Integration Act May 27, 2016 | 5:00 am

Hear about the new partnership between UMKC’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design and the community to address the challenges facing neighborhoods in Kansas City, MO. The new Center for Neighborhoods serves as a catalyst for neighborhood planning activities and issues facing neighborhood organizations in our region. Then we’ll find out about the proposed Disabilities Integration Act which would aim to fully make people with disabilities a part of our communities.

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Maintain That Plane Where? and Media Sleeps Through Democracy Awakening May 20, 2016 | 5:00 am

Do you know where the plane you fly is maintained? Why is Senator Claire McCaskill asking TSA if they inspect and enforce safety standards in foreign airline maintenance bases? Then, last month hundreds of people were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening. Did you hear anything about it in the news?

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Will Verizon #NeverSettle? and The Peabody Cave-in May 13, 2016 | 5:00 am

Will Verizon never settle?. . . with its unions? We’ll talk about the strike and the stakes for workers in the communications industry. Then, what’s happening to jobs in the coal industry? We’ll ask the United Mineworkers Union and find out what’s behind the Peabody Coal cave-in. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

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Black Lives Matter for Unions – Labor Notes Conference Workshop May 6, 2016 | 5:00 am

The Black Lives Matter movement is inspiring some unions to take a stand for racial justice. We’ll hear about it from a panel of union activists at last month’s Labor Notes Conference who are getting members talking to each other about race and the problem of police accountability.

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Innovations in Labor from This Year’s Jobs with Justice Conference April 29, 2016 | 5:00 am

We’ll look at the future of work and bargaining with help from the Jobs with Justice national conference in February, the National Guestworker Alliance on how seafood temp workers are organizing across borders and combatting the blacklist, and a great story about organizing Facebook contract drivers from the Teamsters.

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