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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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Trump’s Federal Remix: A New Department of Child Labor and a Private Postal Service? August 17, 2018 | 5:00 am

We’ll talk to union leaders from the departments of labor and education to learn about their shotgun wedding; then, we’ll ask a leader from the American Postal Workers Union how they plan to stop postal privatization.

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Downtown Shakedown and Bringing Football to Its Knees August 10, 2018 | 5:00 am

Professor Chuck Ross joins the show again as the football season nears. Will the anthem policy hold? Will Trump’s fight with black athletes boil over? Then, Kansas City, Missouri is giving more public money for the Three Light development. Like many cities across the country it subsidizes rent for the rich, while rent for the poor continues to rise. How do we stop this?

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Kicking the Koch Habit Conference Preview August 3, 2018 | 5:00 am

This week on The Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll preview KKFI’s upcoming conference Kicking the Koch Habit and Expanding Democracy for All. We’ll be joined by Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains; The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Attack on America and Jason Stanley, author of How Fascism Works; The Politics of US and Them. Both are speakers at the conference which will expose the right wing agenda and feature workshops on resistance to it. Thursdays at 6pm, rebroadcast Fridays at 5am.

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Heartland Labor Forum July 27, 2018 | 5:00 am

Missourians go to the polls August 7th to vote on two initiatives that are important to working people. Question 1 for Kansas City about rental property inspections and Question A for Missourians, also known as Right to work. We’ll replay an interview with Bill Fletcher who says, “Right to work has nothing to do with freedom of choice. It’s actually appealing to greed.”

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A Pension Primer for Young People and Maryland Brush: Union and Coop July 20, 2018 | 5:00 am

Many people think that getting young workers to think or care about retirement is impossible. This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll do a pension primer for young workers. Then, hear about a factory that is not only owned by its workers but also managed by them, and they have a union.

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UPS: What will Brown Do to You? And The Harvey Girls July 13, 2018 | 5:00 am

Buster Brown - alias UPS - and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have a tentative agreement on the biggest contract since the ’97 strike. Will they end two tier? Will they convert more part timers into full time? Will they start delivery on Sundays? Then, what was a Harvey Girl? Being one changed the lives of countless working women in America.

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What Trump Gets Wrong about Trade and What They Didn’t Teach You in School about Black and Latinx History July 6, 2018 | 5:00 am

Candidate Trump said NAFTA was the worst trade agreement ever and promised to fix it and bring the jobs back to the USA. This week, we’ll find out from the Citizen’s Trade Campaign just what Trump Gets Wrong about Trade. Then, we’ll challenge you to relearn American history as we talk about What They Didn’t Teach You in School regarding Black and Latinx History.

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Our Disappearing Right to Vote and Is Civil Disobedience Still Relevant? June 29, 2018 | 5:00 am

We explore our disappearing right to vote with Kansas ACLU Executive Director Micah Kubic. Then we ask, “Would you knowingly break a law if you thought it was unjust?” We’ll meet three people who broke the law for justice, and ask why civil disobedience is still relevant.

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Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain and After the Cheering Stops Cyndy Feasel on Sports Concussions June 22, 2018 | 5:00 am

What are choke points and how can logistics workers use them to build global worker power? We’ll find out from Choke Points co-author Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. Then, hear Cyndy Feasel, wife of NFLer Grant Feasel, describe how playing professional football contributed to his death. She’ll talk about her book, After the Cheering Stops.

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Trumpism in Latin America: Stolen Elections and More Guns, Prisons and Immigrants June 15, 2018 | 5:00 am

We take a look at Trumpism in Latin America. Has our policy changed much since Obama? How are workers faring? We’ll look at Mexico and Honduras and ask about elections, whether they were or will be stolen, more military aid and who gets killed, more political prisoners, and of course, more immigrants seeking asylum at our borders.

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