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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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The Million Women March on the Inauguration and Fixing the Pipelines: Plenty of Jobs February 17, 2017 | 5:00 am

We’ll hear from women at the Washington, DC march Jan. 21st and find out how many people turned out in KC and why they came. Then, we dig deeper into the pipeline debate with Laborers International rep Kevin Pranis about the need to repair leaky pipes and stiffen regulations.

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Meet Trump’s Cabinet Picks for Labor and Education February 9, 2017 | 5:00 am

President Trump was elected largely on the promise to bring good jobs back to the US, but do his nominees for the Departments of Labor, Commerce, and Education reflect that goal, or are they just the typical anti-worker Capitalists every Republican administration since Reagan has picked to run these agencies? Is labor united in their stance on these nominees, or do some support them?

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What to Do About Bad Bosses: A Labor Notes Tutorial February 3, 2017 | 5:00 am

Kansas City workers: do you have a boss at your job making your daily life a living hell? Never fear. Tune in for “Bad Bosses and How to Deal with Them.” This special hour-long class will give you the tools you need to fight back on the job.

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Unlawful Retaliation: EEOC’s New Rule for Workers Who File Complaints and the 1986 Flight Attendants Strike against TWA January 27, 2017 | 5:00 am

Did you know that almost 45 percent of charges received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are for retaliation for filing a complaint? We’ll talk with Attorney Andrea G. Baran about it. Then we take a look at an old friend of Donald Trump: Carl Icahn, and the women and men who stood up to his discrimination as CEO of TWA in the 1980s.

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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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