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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

It’s JOE HILL’S 100 Years with John McCutcheon November 27, 2015 | 5:00 am

It may be a hundred years since Utah executed labor organizer and songwriter Joe Hill on trumped up charges, but Joe’s songs still inspire and have gone on to organize countless workers.

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Recent episodes

Community Health Workers – Good Deal for Workers and Patients November 20, 2015 | 5:00 am

A community health worker is a bridge between traditionally underserved populations and needed health information, support and care, as well as important basic and social services.

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Sheet Metal Workers and Sierra Club Team Up to Demand Missouri Move toward Energy Efficiency and What’s Up with Auto Bargaining? November 13, 2015 | 5:00 am

"Missourians are paying too much on our monthly energy bills. We're putting additional air pollution in the air. We have high unemployment in the construction sector," says Sierra Club’s John Hickey. He and Steve Sneed from Sheetmetal Workers Local 36 want us to invest more in energy efficiency, and What’s Up with Auto Bargaining? - Will 2-tier really be phased out?

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The Uber Economy; A Raw Deal and What’s in a Name? Profiling in Hiring. November 6, 2015 | 5:00 am

We interview Steven Hill about his new book "Raw Deal: How the 'Uber Economy' and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers". Then, Adia Wingfield tells us how employers screen out minorities by names and resumes.

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Daddy, What’s the Middle Class? October 30, 2015 | 5:00 am

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we talk to labor radio producer Rick Smith about his new book Daddy, What’s the Middle Class? It’s about a cross country trip with kids to find out who built America. Then we take a trip with a worker into Amazon – the company, not the jungle - to find out if the jobs are sustainable.

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Ai-Jen Poo: Age of Dignity and Familias Unidas Take on Driscoll October 23, 2015 | 5:00 am

Ai-Jen Poo, leader of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, has a new book: The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. We’ll talk to her this week. Then we find out about the boycott of Driscolls berries with Familias Unidas.

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Where Do the Candidates Stand on Immigration? And Pioneer Women October 16, 2015 | 5:00 am

Some want to kick them out; others want to welcome them in: what are the candidates’ positions on immigration? And on Pioneer Women, we interview Cindy Longaker, woman of steel and organizer.

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When Should Unions Endorse? October 9, 2015 | 5:00 am

We ask the question: why are unions endorsing now? Should the members be polled? And which candidate represents workers’ interests?

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Our Walmart Relaunch, & Should Police Unions Be in the House of Labor? October 2, 2015 | 5:00 am

Our Walmart is relaunching for the holiday season. Find out how this union buster could be affected; Then, some union members are asking: Should police unions be in the House of Labor?

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Jessica Neuwirth: Bring Back the ERA and Is Charter Partners Just Sneaky Privatization? September 25, 2015 | 5:00 am

Equality Now’s Jessica Neuwirth says it’s time to bring back the ERA. Find out why this week. Also, why is the Kansas City School Board sponsoring a charter school? Is this just sneaky privatization?

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Off the Rails: The Prosecution of Tom Harding, Engineer and Fight for $15 Goes to Brazil September 18, 2015 | 5:00 am

We look at the disaster in Quebec and the prosecution of Tom Harding, engineer. Then guess who one of Brazil’s biggest labor law violators is? Hint: it rhymes with Ronald.

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