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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 Right to Protest: A Roundtable Discussion October 13, 2017 | 5:00 am

Remember when we couldn't bring signs to demonstrations because they could be used as weapons? Since Charlottesville, people are bringing weapons!! What happens to freedom of speech? Hear activists in a roundtable discussion.

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Disabling Medicaid and The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Uniting Rail Workers October 6, 2017 | 5:00 am

ADAPT took hundreds to DC twice to break the back of Trumpcare. They succeeded. Hear about it this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then, isn’t it about time to bring all the railroad craft unions together to work on common issues?

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Lane Windham, Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of the New Economic Divide and The NAACP Travel Advisory September 29, 2017 | 5:00 am

We talk to Lane Windham about labor’s decline, showing instead how employers united to manipulate weak labor law and quash a new wave of worker organizing. Then, we talk to Rod Chapel to find out why the Missouri NAACP asked their national organization to issue its first travel advisory warning.

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Trump Attack on the Federal Workforce and Does It Pay to Go to College? September 22, 2017 | 5:00 am

When Trump cuts the federal budget, he’s cutting pensions for federal workers including postal employees. How bad are they, and what are federal worker unions doing to push back? Then, the average cost of college in Missouri is about $190,000. We’ll ask Germaine Moody, author of "50 Seeds of Greatness", if it still pays to go to college.

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The Right to Work Signature Campaign and Greitens’ Dark Money September 15, 2017 | 5:00 am

We talk to Missouri Labor organizers Jessica Podhola and Brian Simmons about how they stopped enactment of Right to Work. Then we talk to the KC Star’s Jason Hancock about the dark money flowing to the anti-union crowd.

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Shame on Carl Icahn and Preemption and the Minimum Wage September 8, 2017 | 5:00 am

As an investigation of Carl Icahn's conflict of interest proceeds, we’ll talk to former Machinist union leaders Herb Johnson and Keith Nelson about how Carl destroyed TWA. Then, we interview an expert from the Economic Policy Institute about how state legislatures are preempting cities from passing pro-worker laws.

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The ACLU: Immigrant Rights September 1, 2017 | 5:00 am

“We exist for one reason and one reason only, and that is to defend the Constitution. To defend the Bill of Rights – the Rights and Freedoms that belong to every single person in this country under the Constitution.”

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Will Robots Get Your Job? And Blackballed: Race, Politics, and Football August 18, 2017 | 5:00 am

Comedian and social commentator Lee Camp asks not if robots will get your job but who will benefit when they do. Then, with football kicking off this month, we’ll have historian Chuck Ross explain how matters of race and class are taking center field at colleges and the pros.

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The Politics of Immigration and Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy August 11, 2017 | 5:00 am

We’ll ask David Wilson, who has just updated The Politics of Immigration, “Do immigrants really take jobs from the rest of us and lower wages?” Then, we'll talk to Corinne Goria, whose new book Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy introduces us to phone manufacturers in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment workers in Bangladesh, and farmers around the world.

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Is Vo-Tech Shrinking? and Street Medical Care for All August 4, 2017 | 5:00 am

“Is vocational education disappearing or coming back?” Have we made a false choice between college and skills training? Later, we go to the streets and find out about Street Medicine KC, which provides of medical and behavioral care directly to those living and sleeping on the streets.

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