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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

Peter Poschen: Decent Work, Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy: Solutions for Climate Change and Sustainable Development and DACA Workers December 15, 2017 | 5:00 am

We ask: what exactly is a "green job" and how do we move our economies and our workers into an environmentally sustainable world? Find out when we talk to author Peter Poschen about his book, Decent Work: Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy. Then: Trump pulled the rug out from under immigrant youth. Will Congress pass the Dream Act or leave them to be deported?

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Recent episodes

A Conversation with Historian David Roediger on Race, Labor and Management December 1, 2017 | 5:00 am

We'll ask David Roediger what American management learned from slavery, how racial divisions affect worker solidarity, and what he thinks about KU letting guns on campus.

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Heartland Labor Forum’s Award Winning Show about Harley and its Unions November 24, 2017 | 5:00 am

We replay the show from 2016 which won first place in the International Labor Communications Association Labor Media contest. It’s about Harley-Davidson, the iconic motorcycle company which used to be famous for its cooperative labor relations.

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Thomas Kochen: Shaping the Future of Work and Public Defenders Need a Bailout November 17, 2017 | 5:00 am

We talk to Thomas Kochen about his new book, Shaping the Future of Work, about the postwar social contract and if there is a new one on the horizon. Then, the Missouri Public Defenders are in crisis. They say they can’t handle the nearly 90,000 cases a year for the working or unemployed who can’t afford a lawyer. Do public defenders need a bailout?

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Janus vs. AFSCME – The Threat to Public Sector Unions November 10, 2017 | 5:00 am

Most labor experts predict that the U.S. Supreme Court is about to deal a death blow to America’s public sector unions causing them to go bankrupt. The case is Janus versus AFSCME.

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Uber’s New Pay to Drive Scheme and Janitors Speak Out November 3, 2017 | 5:00 am

Uber wants its drivers to pay to work on Halloween. Does this make it harder to get a ride home after a night out? Is it fair to the drivers? Then, we talk to janitors who are members of Service Employees Local 1 about what it’s like to sweep up after the local business class makes a mess.

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Do Japanese Workers Have Rights? And Al Gore’s Inconvenient Sequel October 26, 2017 | 5:00 am

We ask about Japanese workers: Do they have unions? What are their rights?" How do they try to make a difference? Then, hear all about Former Vice President Al Gore's new film, "An Inconvenient Sequel".

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The Great Job Creation Scam: Wisconsin’s New “FoxCon” and Subsidizing Robot Jobs October 20, 2017 | 5:00 am

We interview Greg Leroy of Good Jobs First about their new database of corporate tax giveaways and a clever accounting rule that could rein in abuses. We’ll talk about the KC Public Library, and we’ll ask if Wisconsin taxpayers are getting Foxconned with the promise of 13,000 jobs.

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The Right to Protest: A Roundtable Discussion October 13, 2017 | 5:00 am

Remember when we couldn't bring signs to demonstrations because they could be used as weapons? Since Charlottesville, people are bringing weapons!! What happens to freedom of speech? Hear activists in a roundtable discussion.

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Disabling Medicaid and The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Uniting Rail Workers October 6, 2017 | 5:00 am

ADAPT took hundreds to DC twice to break the back of Trumpcare. They succeeded. Hear about it this week on the Heartland Labor Forum. Then, isn’t it about time to bring all the railroad craft unions together to work on common issues?

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