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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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How Police Unions Protect Their Own and Chuck Ross: Mavericks Money and Men: The AFL, Black Players and the Evolution of Modern Football August 19, 2016 | 5:00 am

We’ll ask Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue; Police and Power in America, whether police should have unions. Then, we interview Charles Ross, author of Mavericks, Money, and Men. It’s a history of the other AFL – the American Football League - whose greater willingness to integrate African Americans paid off in a Kansas City Superbowl victory.

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American and Mexican Teachers Fight Back August 12, 2016 | 5:00 am

We will hear about the struggle of teachers against corporatization of the schools in Oaxaca, Mexico where police fired upon peaceful protesters. In the US, teachers were arrested in North Carolina and educators speak out in Washington DC.

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Luke Shafer: $2 a Day; Living on Almost Nothing and “You’re Fired” – Trump on Labor (2nd in series on candidates) August 5, 2016 | 5:00 am

How would you survive on $2 a day? Find out this week how some people do survive - just barely. Then, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump claims to be a champion for the working class who will bring good jobs back to America, but what is his real history of job creation and labor relations?

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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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