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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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Election Recap on Worker Issues and People Before Profit: The Inspiring Story of the Founder of Bob’s Red Mill
November 15, 2018 | 5:00 am

If there was a blue wave in last week’s elections, it missed Missouri’s Democratic candidates. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we talk to Rep. DaRon McGee about prospects for working people in the Missouri legislature in 2019. Will they try to re-pass right to work? Then hear about Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill whole grain foods put people before profits when he retired and transferred ownership to his workers. Then we talk to UMKC Economist Erik Olsen about types of employee ownership.

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One Job Should Be Enough: The Marriott Strike and ATT Legacy: How about One Contract? November 9, 2018 | 5:00 am

It’s over a month now that Marriott workers from Boston to Honolulu have been on strike. They say “one job should be enough,” but many have to work more because of low wages. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll cover the strike. Then: AT&T Legacy workers can’t get a collective bargaining agreement. Although it’s rolling in dough, AT&T is only offering to ship half the workers’ jobs abroad.

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Ballot Initiatives: CLEAN and Raise Up Missouri November 2, 2018 | 5:00 am

we’ll explore Amendment 1 CLEAN Missouri, which limits campaign and lobbying donations to the state legislature and how we redistrict, as well as Proposition B Raise Up Missouri, which would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.85 to $12 by 2023.

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Is the Economy Blowing Bubbles and Rail Workers Uniting October 26, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll ask economist Richard Wolff how the economy is doing. Is it blowing bubbles? Then railway workers belong to a bunch of different unions. Their disunity costs them at the bargaining table. Now there’s a movement of rank and filers to coordinate. We’ll talk to some of them. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am

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Sweat: A Play about Rustbelt America and The Fall of Wisconsin October 19, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll do two different takes on the undoing of the American working class. First, Sweat: a play about rustbelt America which opens this week at the Unicorn; then, The Fall of Wisconsin, a book with a searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone at the expense of Wisconsin workers.

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Two Books about the Decline of Work and the Middle Class: Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work and Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America October 12, 2018 | 5:00 am

This week, we’ll ask: Is work as we know it disappearing as the middle class gets squeezed, and then gigged? We talk to two authors about two books Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America and Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work.

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Middle School Kids Talk Labor History and Bill Fletcher has a novel: The Man That Fell from the Sky October 5, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll hear local Kansas City Missouri Middle School students discuss the history of child labor and what it means for students today. Then, longtime labor guru Bill Fletcher Jr. talks about his new novel called The Man Who Fell from the Sky, about a young journalist with African immigrant parents who investigates a murder in 1970 while covering anti-Vietnam War protests and the Black Panthers.

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Exploring the Psychology of Obedience and Wobs in KC September 28, 2018 | 5:00 am

The workplace depends on the willingness of the worker to follow the rules and comply with orders. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we’ll explore the Psychology of Obedience.

Then a hundred thirteen years after its founding, the Industrial Workers of the World, aka IWW, aka the Wobblies is making a comeback and is here to tell you that “an injury to one is still an injury to all.” And we can’t think of a group less likely to obey the boss.Wobs in KC and Exploring the Psychology of Obedience

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Prop A: How We Defeated Right to Work and Now What? September 21, 2018 | 5:00 am

Last month, Missouri labor and its allies shocked the nation with a 2-1 vote on Proposition A, repealing the right to work law passed by the legislature. How did they do it, and what lessons does this victory teach us?

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BlackKKlansman: HLF Looks Under the Hood and The Killing of DST September 14, 2018 | 5:00 am

Have you seen the movie BlacKKKlansman, about a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan forty years ago? We’ll take a look under the hood, talk about the true story and get reactions from viewers. Then: this year over a thousand workers in downtown KC were suddenly laid off thanks to corporate restructuring at DST. Why this is happening?

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