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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

When Should Unions Endorse? October 9, 2015 | 5:00 am

We ask the question: why are unions endorsing now? Should the members be polled? And which candidate represents workers’ interests?

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Recent episodes

No Longer OUR Walmart? Should Police Unions Be in the House of Labor? October 2, 2015 | 5:00 am

Our Walmart is relaunching for the holiday season. Find out how this union buster could be affected; Then, some union members are asking: Should police unions be in the House of Labor?

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Jessica Neuwirth: Bring Back the ERA and Is Charter Partners Just Sneaky Privatization? September 25, 2015 | 5:00 am

Equality Now’s Jessica Neuwirth says it’s time to bring back the ERA. Find out why this week. Also, why is the Kansas City School Board sponsoring a charter school? Is this just sneaky privatization?

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Off the Rails: The Prosecution of Tom Harding, Engineer and Fight for $15 Goes to Brazil September 18, 2015 | 5:00 am

We look at the disaster in Quebec and the prosecution of Tom Harding, engineer. Then guess who one of Brazil’s biggest labor law violators is? Hint: it rhymes with Ronald.

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UAW Auto Negotiations: No More Tiers? and A New Crop of Women Leaders Report Back From the Midwest School for Women Workers September 11, 2015 | 5:00 am

Last July a dozen union women and fast food workers went to Chicago for the Midwest School for Women Workers. What did they learn about women, labor and leadership? Then, the UAW contract with the Big Three expires September 16. Will there be no more tiers?

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Will There Be a British Labor Party Resurrection with JC? and More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing September 4, 2015 | 5:00 am

The Heartland Labor Forum goes to England to ask a leader of the locomotive engineers union, “Can Jeremy Corbyn save the Labor Party?” Then Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle high school teacher wrote More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. We’ll discuss his book and find out about the anti-testing upsurge.

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Women’s Equality Week – Two Pioneer Working Women Tell Their Stories August 28, 2015 | 5:00 am

We interview two Pioneer Women: Janet Smith organized and became President of the Faculty Union at University of Illinois Chicago, and Jacki Chadwick drives a cement truck the size of a dinosaur. She’s a Teamster and says she and the guys work as a team delivering the cement.

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Rev. William Barber: America Lacks Heart and Bad Ass Teachers Unite August 21, 2015 | 5:00 am

Reverend William Barber has inspired thousands in the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina and across the nation. This wee, we’ll hear why he says: America Lacks Heart. Then, teachers are fighting back against the attacks.

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Bullies In The Workplace August 14, 2015 | 5:00 am

Bullies. They’re on the playground, in our homes, in the workplace and government. Is bullying on the rise or are we just more willing to name it and stand up against it?

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A Socialist for President? Not the First time and When Tenure Goes, What Happens to Academic Freedom? August 7, 2015 | 5:00 am

With a Socialist running for President as a Democrat, the Heartland Labor Forum decided to look at socialists from the past who ran. Join us for trip back to the first part of the 20th century and the campaigns of Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas.

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Honduras: Laboratory for Privatization July 31, 2015 | 5:00 am

Thousands of Hondurans take to the streets in torch marches to protest the theft of millions of dollars of their health care funds by government officials, including the President. The U.S. media barely mentions it.

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