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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

TIFF: Arrested Development and Honeywell Not Well February 12, 2016 | 5:00 am

In the wake of BNIM’s withdrawal from the Crossroads project, we will take a look at the pros and cons of tax increment financing. Next, we look at how workers and local activists finally got public and government attention on the toxic health impact of Kansas City’s nuclear weapons plant.

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Recent episodes

The Presidential Frontrunners: Who Is a Friend of Labor? February 5, 2016 | 5:00 am

We feature spokespeople and info about Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and the Donald and we ask who’s a friend of labor? Special guests are Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union for Bernie, and Nikki Budzinski, Labor Outreach Director for Hillary.

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An Interview with Visionary Organizer Jane McAlevey January 29, 2016 | 5:00 am

It's our second show on alt labor. That's alternative approaches to organizing and running unions. We'll spend the hour with Jane McAlevey, whose book, "Raising Expectations and Raising Hell", was controversial and a great memoir of her decade as an organizer and union leader for SEIU.

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Harold Gibbons and Ernest Calloway: Fighting for Total Person Unionism and Enemies in Blue January 22, 2016 | 5:00 am

In the 1950’s St. Louis labor leaders Harold Gibbons and Ernest Calloway championed a new kind of labor movement embracing workers as “total persons” fighting for justice as workers and citizens. The alliance of this interracial duo of Teamsters has profound relevance for today. We’ll talk to Robert Bussel about his new book on them. Then how does community policing work in Kansas City?

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Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy vs Jimmy Hoffa and Labor Responses to COP21 January 15, 2016 | 5:00 am

It was a take-no-prisoners kind of a fight. That’s the battle between US Attorney General Bobby Kennedy and Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa which filled the headlines and the courtrooms in the 1960s. We interview James Neff about his new book, "Vendetta". Then we take a look at labor responses to the COP 21 climate meeting in Paris late last year.

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Junior Rat-race: the Problem of Over-testing and Hippy Scabs Are Still Scabs January 8, 2016 | 5:00 am

We’ll talk about over-testing and the harm it does to kids, teachers and education. Then, we’ll find out about a strike in Minnesota where union supporters say, “Hippy Scabs Are Still Scabs.”

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The Rise Of The “Sharing Economy” (ENCORE) & Top Labor Stories of 2015 January 1, 2016 | 5:00 am

New Year's Eve is one of the biggest cab hailing nights of the year, so it's a good time to revisit one of the biggest labor stories of the year, the rise of the so-called "sharing economy" and booming start-ups like Uber with its part-time jobs and fewer benefits for workers. Then, we do a review of the year's top labor news with Mark Gruenberg.

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Race to Nowhere: Reforming K-12 and A Holiday Wish: No War but the Class War December 25, 2015 | 5:00 am

Two union maids will bring you our annual Peace on Earth show. It’s not your typical peace on earth show though. It’s called A Holiday Wish For You: No War but the Class War.

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Welcome to Hotel TIF and Richard Wolff: Co-ops Work December 18, 2015 | 5:00 am

We’ll find out why citizens are once again mad about TIF. Then we ask economist Richard Wolff who thinks worker co-ops are an answer to our dehumanized workplaces how co-ops work.

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David Cay Johnston: In-Shoring Prosperity and Why Are Canadian Unions Stronger? December 11, 2015 | 5:00 am

We interview David Cay Johnston about offshore tax loopholes, record breaking inequality, out of control white collar crime, and lots more fun stuff that the corporate media ignores. Then, Are Canadian unions stronger than unions in the U.S.? Barry Eidlin, labor scholar will explain how they were able to hold their own during economic crises of recent decades.

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It’s JOE HILL’S 100 Years with John McCutcheon November 27, 2015 | 5:00 am

It may be a hundred years since Utah executed labor organizer and songwriter Joe Hill on trumped up charges, but Joe’s songs still inspire and have gone on to organize countless workers.

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