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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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We Can Do It! Women in the Trades July 29, 2016 | 5:00 am

Rosie does a lot more than riveting these days. We’ll talk with a local Ironworker apprentice, then hear from tradeswomen from all over the continent at the May, 2016 Women Build Nations conference.

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The New Operating Engineers Union Health Clinic: Will It Start a Trend? July 22, 2016 | 5:00 am

Last month, Kansas City based union Operating Engineers Local 101 opened its own healthcare facility, the Union Health and Wellness Center for union members and their families. The union says it’s a groundbreaking concept.

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Do Harley’s Dreams of Personal Freedom Include Its Workers? July 15, 2016 | 5:00 am

Harley-Davidson used to be famous for its cooperative labor relations. This week, we'll ask union leaders if Harley's dreams of personal freedoms still extend to its workers.

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The UAW Identity Crisis: Is It Still An Auto Union? Green Party Candidate Jill Stein on Labor, the Economy and Immigration (first of a series on candidates) July 8, 2016 | 5:00 am

The UAW now has 30,000 members who work at universities. They don’t think like autoworkers. This week, we’ll ask if the UAW is headed for an identity crisis. Then, Green Party presidential Candidate Jill Stein came to town this week and talked to us about her vision for jobs and a more equal economy.

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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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