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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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Upcoming episodes

Celebrating Heartland Labor Forum’s 30th Anniversary with our first show: The Eastern Airlines Strike and Railway Workers Speak Out on Safety March 29, 2019 | 5:00 am

We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary this week on air with something old and something new. The old is our first show: it’s about the Eastern Airlines Strike 30 years ago. The new is a talk with railway workers about a fresh corporate strategy called precision railroading which some workers say puts profits ahead of safety.

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Recent episodes

A Teach-In at the Border March 22, 2019 | 5:00 am

Last month, teachers met in El Paso to demand an end to child detention. This week we’ll hear about their teach-in at the border – a teach-in for freedom. Find out how US policies are affecting kids from eyewitness testimonies.

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Teaching the Labor Movement How to Strike March 15, 2019 | 5:00 am

Get educated this week when 3 local teachers and a reporter from Labor Notes discuss the strikes in West Virginia, LA, Minnesota, Denver, Oakland and more.

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Mayoral Candidate Forum with Phil Glynn & the Attack on Missouri Initiatives I March 8, 2019 | 5:00 am

We’ve got the last of our interviews of mayoral candidates, this time with Phil Glynn, who thinks the mayor’s projects need to start with grassroots consensus. Then, we’ll talk to Cecelia Belser Patton of Missouri Jobs with Justice about how Missouri Republican legislators are trying to undo the minimum wage initiative and Clean Amendment that voters passed overwhelmingly last November.

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Sorry to Bother You, Boots and Lessons of the LA Teachers Strike March 1, 2019 | 5:00 am

Sorry to Bother You may have been snubbed at the Oscars, but not on the Heartland Labor Forum. This magical social satire is about a white collar worker uprising, and it’s too important to ignore. Then: what do you call a community and worker fightback against a system rigged against them? It’s called the LA Teachers Strike.

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Mayoral Candidate Interview: Henry Klein and Rebuilding Power in Open Shop America February 22, 2019 | 5:00 am

We will bring you another interview with a candidate for mayor. This time it is Henry Klein. He’s a banker who chairs Habitat for Humanity and thinks KC needs a new kind of leadership. Then, we talk to Al Bradbury from Labor Notes about their new pamphlet, Rebuilding Power in Open Shop America.

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Mayoral Candidate Steve Miller & Worker Co-ops February 15, 2019 | 5:00 am

We’ll have another candidate for Mayor: Steve Miller, a construction lawyer who says it’s all about connections like transportation, infrastructure and neighborhoods. Then, unions are intended to level the playing field with the boss, but what if workers become their own bosses?

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Medea Benjamin on Iran & Mayoral Forum III with Candidates on Economic Justice Issues February 8, 2019 | 5:00 am

Medea Benjamin is speaking February 16th for KKFI, we’ll give you a preview and ask her why the U.S. has made Iran one of its primary antagonists, and also, why now Venezuela? Then, we continue our interviews with Kansas City Mayoral candidates with Jolie Justus.

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New Threats and Promises from Missouri and Kansas Legislatures February 1, 2019 | 5:00 am

Will Missouri continue with unpopular bills that the people will overrule? Will Kansas expand Medicaid or reinstate prevailing wage? We’ll talk to Missouri Rep. Judy Morgan and Kansas Rep. Tom Burroughs.

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Labor in Cuba and Trump’s Screw Job on Workers January 25, 2019 | 5:00 am

Find out more about Cuban workers this week. Also, Donald Trump is eviscerating policies and legislation that favor working people. We’ll talk to journalist Steven Hill to find out how far labor has been set back by these efforts.

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Mayoral Forum II with Candidates on Economic Justice Issues January 18, 2019 | 5:00 am

We’ll have another in our series of talks with candidates for Mayor of Kansas City. We want to ask each of them their plan to make KC a city that works for its working people, where they can find employment, afford to live, and have real community. We’ll also ask about TIF and childcare.

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