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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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Mayoral Forum II with Candidates on Economic Justice Issues January 18, 2019 | 5:00 am

We’ll have another in our series of talks with candidates for Mayor of Kansas City. We want to ask each of them their plan to make KC a city that works for its working people, where they can find employment, afford to live, and have real community. We’ll also ask about TIF and childcare.

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William Kennedy’s Ink Truck and What Do LA Teachers Want? January 11, 2019 | 5:00 am

We’ll hear about a labor classic from 1969, The Ink Truck, an award-winning first novel by William Kennedy which recounts the doomed efforts of Bailey, a former newspaper columnist who leads four other workers in a strike against their employer, a newspaper in a medium-sized American city. Then, we’ll look at a strike that starts this week by United Teachers of Los Angeles.

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Will the New NAFTA Stop Oreo–Mexico from Sickening Its Workers? January 4, 2019 | 5:00 am

Trump claims his new NAFTA will stop companies from moving to Mexico. This week, we’ll look at what companies like Oreo Cookies gained from their move from Chicago to Monterrey and ask why the AFL-CIO says the new NAFTA doesn’t fix the old NAFTA’s problems.

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Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night and Barry Eidlin, Labor and the Class Idea in the US and Canada December 28, 2018 | 5:00 am

Amid all the talk of walls and caravans, few ask why families are fleeing Honduras. This week, we talk to labor historian Dana Frank on her new book: The Long Honduran Night. Then, Barry Eidlin’s new book Labor and the Class Idea in the US and Canada asks why US unions are weaker than Canadian unions.

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Community Schools December 21, 2018 | 5:00 am

An answer to budget-strapped school districts? Listen to education activists talk about public schools called community schools this week on the Heartland Labor Forum.

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Mayoral Forum I with Candidates on Economic Justice Issues December 14, 2018 | 5:00 am

Last week, politicians were able to officially file their campaigns for mayor. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we dive right in to discuss with candidates the most pressing issues for working people in Kansas City today.

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Undoing Missouri’s Public Sector and Erik Loomis – A History of America in Ten Strikes December 7, 2018 | 5:00 am

Earlier this year, the Missouri legislature passed a bill aimed at gagging and crippling the unions that represent public employees at the state and local level. We’ll talk to attorney John Boyd on the court cases which unions have filed against the new law. Then, Erik Loomis has written a new book, A History of America in Ten Strikes. It places the struggle for worker justice at the heart of American history.

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Venezuela: The Other Side of the Story and Tex Sample: Working Class Rage November 30, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll get the other side of the story on Venezuela from an American professor who teaches there. Then, lots of people are talking about the white working class, but Rev. Tex Sample, who is white and working class, has written a book about why workers are mad enough to vote for a rich real estate tycoon, and he has a theory about how to organize them for change.

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Rebroadcast from Sept. 20: How We Defeated Right to Work and Now What? November 23, 2018 | 5:00 am

Your Thanksgiving turkey may have had no rights, but thanks to Missouri voters last August, workers didn’t get served up for dinner. The Thanksgiving edition of Heartland Labor Forum will give thanks for the defeat of Proposition A – so-called right to work – and explain how, Missouri labor and its allies cleared the state’s right to work law from the menu by a two to one vote.

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Election Recap on Worker Issues and People Before Profit: The Inspiring Story of the Founder of Bob’s Red Mill
November 15, 2018 | 5:00 am

If there was a blue wave in last week’s elections, it missed Missouri’s Democratic candidates. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum we talk to Rep. DaRon McGee about prospects for working people in the Missouri legislature in 2019. Will they try to re-pass right to work? Then hear about Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill whole grain foods put people before profits when he retired and transferred ownership to his workers. Then we talk to UMKC Economist Erik Olsen about types of employee ownership.

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