Friday at 5:00 am

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

Black Lives Matter for Unions – Labor Notes Conference Workshop May 6, 2016 | 5:00 am

The Black Lives Matter movement is inspiring some unions to take a stand for racial justice. We’ll hear about it from a panel of union activists at last month’s Labor Notes Conference who are getting members talking to each other about race and the problem of police accountability.

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Recent episodes

Innovations in Labor from This Year’s Jobs with Justice Conference April 29, 2016 | 5:00 am

We’ll look at the future of work and bargaining with help from the Jobs with Justice national conference in February, the National Guestworker Alliance on how seafood temp workers are organizing across borders and combatting the blacklist, and a great story about organizing Facebook contract drivers from the Teamsters.

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Corporate Raiders Crash the Classroom April 22, 2016 | 5:00 am

Two teachers will discuss how testing strips important protections from teachers and vital experiences from students. Find out why they applaud students who walk out on tests and colleges which don't require SAT scores, and why they want your help protecting public education.

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U.S. Senate Cafeteria Workers Cookin’ Up Trouble and Tips: A Throwback to Slavery April 15, 2016 | 5:00 am

Did Senators go hungry today alongside the workers who feed them? We’ll hear about the strike in the Senate Cafeteria. It’s part of the fight for $15. And then, is the practice of tipping a vestige of slavery? That’s what ROC United coordinator Saru Jayaraman says. She organizes restaurant workers.

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Human Race – One Race and Teamsters on the Cutting Board April 8, 2016 | 5:00 am

Hear about the remarkable march last week of Longfellow Elementary students with banners declaring “One Race -Human Race. Kids are learning to build a better community. Then, why are Teamster retirees up in arms about their pensions?

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Should We Get Rid of the Electoral College? And Earl Wheeler: Lessons from KC Labor’s Past April 1, 2016 | 5:00 am

The Electoral College – that obstacle to direct election of the President put into the Constitution by the framers. Did they have a point? We’ll talk to UMKC Professor Max Skidmore about it. Then we interview long retired labor leader Earl Wheeler about the Kansas City labor movement in the 1970s and 80s.

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Everyone’s Marching on Washington this Spring and Summer March 25, 2016 | 5:00 am

On April 14th Teamsters will be in Washington protesting pension cuts. On April 17th and 18th labor, civil rights, environmental and student organizations will surround the Capitol with a Democracy Awakening protesting the attack on voting rights and money in politics. Then July 8-10, educators will march For Public Education & Social Justice. It seems everyone’s marching on Washington.

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A Streetcar Named Non-Union and MO Legislature to KC: “Bend Uber” March 18, 2016 | 5:00 am

Will jobs on the new KC streetcars be good jobs? We’ll find out from the union that represents the Area Transportation Authority bus drivers. Then, "Bend Uber", Kansas City--the Missouri legislature is preempting local control again.

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Welcome to “Pure” Michigan March 11, 2016 | 5:00 am

The exit of manufacturing jobs from Michigan in recent decades turned it into a rust belt, and now the rust is more than a metaphor. It’s in the poisoned water and the dilapidated schools. Even representative government is corroding. Find out about the emergency manager system and the impact on working people.

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MU Graduate Teaching Assistants Denied Union Representation Election and A Preview of the Upcoming Labor Notes Conference March 4, 2016 | 5:00 am

We talk with graduate teaching assistants from MU who have organized and want to know why the university refuses to recognize their union, the NEA, and bargain with them. Then we’ll find out what’s on the agenda at this year’s Labor Notes conference in Chicago.

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Father Lefty Empowering Youth and The New Education Reform: Will Children Still Be Left Behind? February 26, 2016 | 5:00 am

The passing of Father John Wandless late last year left his What U Can Do program to politically empower minority youth in limbo. we’ll look at The Legacy of Father Lefty and his Empowering Youth program. Then education experts assess the new education reform. Have corporatization of schools, over-testing and performance pay for teachers been left behind?

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