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

Why Boycott Driscolls & An Economy Without Immigrants April 28, 2017 | 5:00 am

Why Boycott Driscolls & An Economy Without Immigrants

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Recent episodes

Why Are So Many Millennials Socialists? And Refinery Town April 21, 2017 | 5:00 am

Ben Tulchin, Bernie Sanders' pollster, and head of Tulchin Research, will discuss whether millennials who voted progressive in 2016 will continue to do so as they get older. Then, it’s the little city that could: What happened when Richmond, California took on Chevron in a battle for control of the city?

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Tradeswomen Building Bridges to India and Kids March for One Race-Human Race April 14, 2017 | 5:00 am

Last January, a delegation of American tradeswomen traveled to India to build bridges and fight for the rights of women in the construction workforce both there and here. Then, what’s Trump’s attack on Syria got to do with working people?

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The Challenge Manufacturing Strike Victory and From Male to Female: How One Engineer Learned About Discrimination April 7, 2017 | 5:00 am

Last month, a diverse group of workers at Challenge Manufacturing near the airport showed Kansas City that even in the era of Trump, you can win a strike. Then, from male to female: how one engineer found out about discrimination once she lost her male privilege.

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Chow Chop Suey: Food & the Chinese American Experience and The One-Eighth-Cent Sales Tax: Pro and Con March 31, 2017 | 5:00 am

In her new book Chow Chop Suey, food historian Anne Mendelson traces the history of the Chinese in America through food in Chinese restaurants. It’s a story of how xenophobia stunted the enrichment of both our society and cuisine. Then, going to the polls on April 4th? Confused about the 1/8 cent sales tax? Listen to both sides and decide for yourself.

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Surviving and Fighting Right to Work March 24, 2017 | 5:00 am

Unless Missouri unions develop a way to block it, Missouri will become the 28th right to work state on August 28th. How can our unions – and workers - survive it? Or is there a strategy to reverse it?

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The Jeff City Firing Squad Aims at Prevailing Wage Workers & Public Employees March 17, 2017 | 5:00 am

Republicans in Jefferson City are gunning for unions. Now that right-to-work has passed, they’re going after the standard of living of construction workers and the rights to representation of public employees.

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Wentzville School Bus Drivers Organize and Federal Workers in the Cross Hairs (Again) March 10, 2017 | 5:00 am

We talk to AFT union leader Scott Ciafullo about some of the challenges facing bus drivers, teachers, and their unions in Missouri. Then, President Trump may want to boost private sector jobs, but he’s threatening to cut thousands of federal jobs, cut retiree benefits and has said federal workers are overpaid. We’ll get the other side from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees.

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Repeal and Replace the ACA: One Giant Death Panel? March 3, 2017 | 5:00 am

“And then this magical amazing policy came around that we started talking about. We started talking about the ACA, where they decided that, 'hey, maybe being born is not something you should be punished for.'” That’s one of the witnesses who gave compelling testimony on why we need to save the Affordable Care Act.

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Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War and Fannie Never Flinched February 24, 2017 | 5:00 am

We bring you the hidden history of women workers in the 1800s. In Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War, poor immigrant girls and widows – made bullets and literally went up in smoke because of industrial carelessness at three major arsenals. Then, Fannie Sellens organized during the Gilded Age and founded key union locals in Missouri during her life long fight for justice. Her legacy lives on thanks to a new children's book.

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The Million Women March on the Inauguration and Fixing the Pipelines: Plenty of Jobs February 17, 2017 | 5:00 am

We’ll hear from women at the Washington, DC march Jan. 21st and find out how many people turned out in KC and why they came. Then, we dig deeper into the pipeline debate with Laborers International rep Kevin Pranis about the need to repair leaky pipes and stiffen regulations.

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