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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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Surviving and Fighting Right to Work March 24, 2017 | 5:00 am

Unless Missouri unions develop a way to block it, Missouri will become the 28th right to work state on August 28th. How can our unions – and workers - survive it? Or is there a strategy to reverse it?

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The Jeff City Firing Squad Aims at Prevailing Wage Workers & Public Employees March 17, 2017 | 5:00 am

Republicans in Jefferson City are gunning for unions. Now that right-to-work has passed, they’re going after the standard of living of construction workers and the rights to representation of public employees.

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Wentzville School Bus Drivers Organize and Federal Workers in the Cross Hairs (Again) March 10, 2017 | 5:00 am

We talk to AFT union leader Scott Ciafullo about some of the challenges facing bus drivers, teachers, and their unions in Missouri. Then, President Trump may want to boost private sector jobs, but he’s threatening to cut thousands of federal jobs, cut retiree benefits and has said federal workers are overpaid. We’ll get the other side from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees.

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Repeal and Replace the ACA: One Giant Death Panel? March 3, 2017 | 5:00 am

“And then this magical amazing policy came around that we started talking about. We started talking about the ACA, where they decided that, 'hey, maybe being born is not something you should be punished for.'” That’s one of the witnesses who gave compelling testimony on why we need to save the Affordable Care Act.

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Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War and Fannie Never Flinched February 24, 2017 | 5:00 am

We bring you the hidden history of women workers in the 1800s. In Gunpowder Girls of the Civil War, poor immigrant girls and widows – made bullets and literally went up in smoke because of industrial carelessness at three major arsenals. Then, Fannie Sellens organized during the Gilded Age and founded key union locals in Missouri during her life long fight for justice. Her legacy lives on thanks to a new children's book.

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The Million Women March on the Inauguration and Fixing the Pipelines: Plenty of Jobs February 17, 2017 | 5:00 am

We’ll hear from women at the Washington, DC march Jan. 21st and find out how many people turned out in KC and why they came. Then, we dig deeper into the pipeline debate with Laborers International rep Kevin Pranis about the need to repair leaky pipes and stiffen regulations.

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Meet Trump’s Cabinet Picks for Labor and Education February 9, 2017 | 5:00 am

President Trump was elected largely on the promise to bring good jobs back to the US, but do his nominees for the Departments of Labor, Commerce, and Education reflect that goal, or are they just the typical anti-worker Capitalists every Republican administration since Reagan has picked to run these agencies? Is labor united in their stance on these nominees, or do some support them?

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What to Do About Bad Bosses: A Labor Notes Tutorial February 3, 2017 | 5:00 am

Kansas City workers: do you have a boss at your job making your daily life a living hell? Never fear. Tune in for “Bad Bosses and How to Deal with Them.” This special hour-long class will give you the tools you need to fight back on the job.

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Unlawful Retaliation: EEOC’s New Rule for Workers Who File Complaints and the 1986 Flight Attendants Strike against TWA January 27, 2017 | 5:00 am

Did you know that almost 45 percent of charges received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are for retaliation for filing a complaint? We’ll talk with Attorney Andrea G. Baran about it. Then we take a look at an old friend of Donald Trump: Carl Icahn, and the women and men who stood up to his discrimination as CEO of TWA in the 1980s.

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Which Side Are You On? Right to Work or Right to Freeload January 13, 2017 | 5:00 am

Missouri Republicans are poised to deliver a body blow to the state’s private sector unions. It’s called right to work although it has little to do with either rights or jobs. This week, we’ll host a debate on the pros and cons.

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