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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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Trumpism in Latin America: Stolen Elections and More Guns, Prisons and Immigrants June 15, 2018 | 5:00 am

We take a look at Trumpism in Latin America. Has our policy changed much since Obama? How are workers faring? We’ll look at Mexico and Honduras and ask about elections, whether they were or will be stolen, more military aid and who gets killed, more political prisoners, and of course, more immigrants seeking asylum at our borders.

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Quindaro: A Gateway to Freedom and Meet the HLF Feature Writers June 8, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll take you to Quindaro, which made Kansas City Kansas a gateway to freedom. It was the next to last stop on the underground railroad. Then, meet the Heartland Labor Forum feature writers: Angie Williams, who produces Know Your Rights, Ariana Eakle, with Remember our Struggle, Mark Gruenberg with Washington Window, and Safety First’s Mary Erio. Also, meet our fabulous engineer, Jen Zaman.

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Lauren Arthur vs. Kevin Corlew and Tiff over TIF in Raytown June 1, 2018 | 5:00 am

There’s a hot race for State Senate in the Northland. It’s Lauren Arthur vs Kevin Corlew, and they’ll be with us this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Also, in Raytown there’s a tiff over TIF – that’s the Wal-Mart TIF and the number of police calls to the store causing the city to raise taxes to cover the cost. Who should pay?

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A Day in the Life of a Right to Work Ballot Activist and Missouri Legislative Post Mortem May 25, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll look at Missouri lawmakers’ relentless attempts to assassinate our labor rights and our battle to save them. Representative Judy Morgan will detail the assaults in the legislative session. Then, we’ll discuss the campaign to revive them by repealing last year’s right to work law.

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Getting Around Town: Street Cars, Buses, and Street Names May 18, 2018 | 5:00 am

We look at upcoming changes in how people in Kansas City get around. What's the latest on naming something after Martin Luther King? What is bus rapid transit? Will streetcar expansion be good for Westport?

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Workers’ Revival Festival – A Preview May 11, 2018 | 5:00 am

We'll ask the organizers of the Inaugural Workers Revival how the fest came to be and what role music can play in rebuilding the labor movement. We'll also play songs from several of the bands performing.

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Where Unemployment Isn’t Low and Gerald Horne on the Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy and Capitalism in Our Colonial Past May 4, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll talk with Jacqueline Midkiff from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Then, in his latest book, Gerald Horne argues that we can’t understand race and class in America unless we go back to our colonial past where black and white were invented.

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Choke Points; Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain and Goddess of Anarchy; The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical April 27, 2018 | 5:00 am

We hear about an amazing labor hero from the past from author Jacqueline Jones, talking about her book Goddess of Anarchy -- The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical. Then, the Missouri Legislative Session is nearing its end, but with high drama. Will they impeach the Governor? How much anti-labor legislation can they squeeze out? We’ll get an update from Rep. Judy Morgan.

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Highlights from Labor Notes and Bill Fletcher on How to Beat Right to Work April 20, 2018 | 5:00 am

Two weeks ago more than 2,500 grassroots labor activists, “worker center” leaders, union members, union officers, and community activists gathered in Chicago for the semi-annual Labor Notes Conference. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we’ll bring you some highlights. Then, as labor gears up for the No on Proposition A Campaign, we’ll talk to Bill Fletcher, Jr. former AFL-CIO Education Director, commentator and author about how to beat Right to Work.

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Comp Time or Overtime Pay? And What’s Up with the Airport Deal? April 13, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll ask if the new airport is ready for lift off after it’s bumpy start. What are the challenges, obstacles and opportunities that come with such a complicated and expensive project, from finance to construction? Then, Republicans are again trying to pass comp time in place of overtime pay. So if they don’t have to pay you, will employers actually let you take the time off when you want?

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