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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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All the Single Working Ladies and BRIDJ to Gig or a Good Union Job? December 2, 2016 | 5:00 am

We ask how money, work, marriage and divorce mix these days. Then, you’ve probably seen the shiny new BRIDJ vans around town. They’ve got union drivers and we’ll talk to ATU President JP Walker about the effects for drivers of this new Uber-like public transport service.

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The New Overtime Rules and Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind November 25, 2016 | 5:00 am

Are you exempt from overtime pay on your job? New rules going into effect December 1st may entitle you to extra pay if you work more than forty hours in a week. This week, we explain the new rule. Then, what better way is there to build community and continue our legacy than to include single parents and our children with us on the front lines?

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Student Debt: The New Indentured Servitude November 18, 2016 | 5:00 am

Are you looking at a lifetime of debt slavery to pay off your college education? Economist Hossein Bahmaie and researcher Allyson Fredericksen explore the explosion of student debt and its implications for millennials.

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Teachers and Administrators Defend the KCMO Schools November 11, 2016 | 5:00 am

Our schools are under attack. Recently the Kansas City Call asked whether the KCMO School District, with its low test scores, should even have partial accreditation. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, KCMO Public School Teachers push back.

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St. Louis Higher Ed organizing: Is It Becoming a Movement? November 4, 2016 | 5:00 am

College teachers are organizing unions in St. Louis. In an age where over half of college teachers are part-timers, they’re organizing and winning representation elections; we’ll find out why and how administrators are responding.

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The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself and The First War on Terror 1919 October 28, 2016 | 5:00 am

We focus on some of the earliest victims of the US War on Terror - Italian-Americans. We will talk with a leading authority on the contributions of Italians to the Industrial Revolution in early 1900's America. Then, Peter Fleming, author of The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself says work used to be inextricably linked to survival and self-preservation; now it’s morphed into a painful and meaningless ritual.

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The South African Miner Massacre and the Spirit of Marikana and Hesitant Comrades: The Irish Revolution and the British Labour Movement October 21, 2016 | 5:00 am

On August 16th 2012, thirty-four platinum mineworkers were gunned down by the police under the auspices of South Africa's African National Congress. The ensuing outrage became a turning point in South African history. This week, we’ll interview the authors of a new book about the Marikana massacre. Then we’ll talk with the authors of another new book called Hesitant Comrades: The Irish Revolution and the British Labour Movement.

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The KC Rent Bubble and Citizens for Community Benefits Agreements October 14, 2016 | 5:00 am

There’s a real estate bubble in Kansas City and it’s swelling rents to supersize, especially for the working poor. We’ll find out why and what are the prospects for more affordable housing. Then, MORE Squared wants to make development work for all with community benefits agreements.

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Manny Ness: Southern Insurgency; The Coming of the Global Working Class and Chiluba Musonda: From Zambia to KC October 7, 2016 | 5:00 am

Are we developing a global working class? Immanuel Ness discusses his new book, "Southern Insurgency". Then, Chiluba Musonda came to Kansas City from Zambia as a student. He will tell his story about what it takes to make it in this midwestern city as an international student

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Tim Sheard: Someone Has to Die and Will Uber Take Over the Bus System? September 30, 2016 | 5:00 am

KC Area Transportation Authority has contracted with Bridj, an on demand rideshare company that provides transportation to seniors and those with disabilities. For now, drivers are union members of ATU Local 1287, but how is the program working and will it continue? Then, stay with us for a conversation with writer, activist and educator Timothy Sheard about the latest his latest mystery novel "Someone Has to Die."

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