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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

Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary and Jamala Rogers: Ferguson Is America June 3, 2016 | 5:00 am

We'll talk to Gerald Horne about his book on the great singer and activist Paul Robeson. The book is called "The Artist as Revolutionary". Then it’s noted St. Louis community activist Jamala Rogers with her new book "Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion".

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Recent episodes

The New Center for Neighborhoods and Disabilities Integration Act May 27, 2016 | 5:00 am

Hear about the new partnership between UMKC’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design and the community to address the challenges facing neighborhoods in Kansas City, MO. The new Center for Neighborhoods serves as a catalyst for neighborhood planning activities and issues facing neighborhood organizations in our region. Then we’ll find out about the proposed Disabilities Integration Act which would aim to fully make people with disabilities a part of our communities.

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Maintain That Plane Where? and Media Sleeps Through Democracy Awakening May 20, 2016 | 5:00 am

Do you know where the plane you fly is maintained? Why is Senator Claire McCaskill asking TSA if they inspect and enforce safety standards in foreign airline maintenance bases? Then, last month hundreds of people were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening. Did you hear anything about it in the news?

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Will Verizon #NeverSettle? and The Peabody Cave-in May 13, 2016 | 5:00 am

Will Verizon never settle?. . . with its unions? We’ll talk about the strike and the stakes for workers in the communications industry. Then, what’s happening to jobs in the coal industry? We’ll ask the United Mineworkers Union and find out what’s behind the Peabody Coal cave-in. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

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Black Lives Matter for Unions – Labor Notes Conference Workshop May 6, 2016 | 5:00 am

The Black Lives Matter movement is inspiring some unions to take a stand for racial justice. We’ll hear about it from a panel of union activists at last month’s Labor Notes Conference who are getting members talking to each other about race and the problem of police accountability.

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Innovations in Labor from This Year’s Jobs with Justice Conference April 29, 2016 | 5:00 am

We’ll look at the future of work and bargaining with help from the Jobs with Justice national conference in February, the National Guestworker Alliance on how seafood temp workers are organizing across borders and combatting the blacklist, and a great story about organizing Facebook contract drivers from the Teamsters.

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Corporate Raiders Crash the Classroom April 22, 2016 | 5:00 am

Two teachers will discuss how testing strips important protections from teachers and vital experiences from students. Find out why they applaud students who walk out on tests and colleges which don't require SAT scores, and why they want your help protecting public education.

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U.S. Senate Cafeteria Workers Cookin’ Up Trouble and Tips: A Throwback to Slavery April 15, 2016 | 5:00 am

Did Senators go hungry today alongside the workers who feed them? We’ll hear about the strike in the Senate Cafeteria. It’s part of the fight for $15. And then, is the practice of tipping a vestige of slavery? That’s what ROC United coordinator Saru Jayaraman says. She organizes restaurant workers.

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Human Race – One Race and Teamsters on the Cutting Board April 8, 2016 | 5:00 am

Hear about the remarkable march last week of Longfellow Elementary students with banners declaring “One Race -Human Race. Kids are learning to build a better community. Then, why are Teamster retirees up in arms about their pensions?

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Should We Get Rid of the Electoral College? And Earl Wheeler: Lessons from KC Labor’s Past April 1, 2016 | 5:00 am

The Electoral College – that obstacle to direct election of the President put into the Constitution by the framers. Did they have a point? We’ll talk to UMKC Professor Max Skidmore about it. Then we interview long retired labor leader Earl Wheeler about the Kansas City labor movement in the 1970s and 80s.

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Everyone’s Marching on Washington this Spring and Summer March 25, 2016 | 5:00 am

On April 14th Teamsters will be in Washington protesting pension cuts. On April 17th and 18th labor, civil rights, environmental and student organizations will surround the Capitol with a Democracy Awakening protesting the attack on voting rights and money in politics. Then July 8-10, educators will march For Public Education & Social Justice. It seems everyone’s marching on Washington.

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