Heartland Labor Forum

The Heartland Labor Forum is Kansas City’s only program about the workplace. It’s radio that talks back to the boss! Whether you’re a union member or your workplace isn’t organized, Heartland Labor Forum (HLF) has stories for you, guaranteed to inspire, educate, or enrage you. HLF is produced by a diverse group of working people. We have been agitating for the rights of working people on the KKFI airwaves since 1989.

Find out about labor struggles and strikes, organizing in Kansas City, global sweatshops, and how the economy is working from the point of view of working people. Listen to our monthly features: Know Your Rights, Safety First, Remember Our Struggle, and Washington Window on Workers. Heartland Labor Forum has won the International Labor Communications Association first prize for radio several times.  We are members of the Labor Radio Podcast Network #laborradiopod. Other media have plenty of business news of, by, and for the 1%; HLF is for the rest of us.

Find our schedule of upcoming shows and our archive at www.heartlandlaborforum.org.

Judy Ancel – Heartland Labor Forum founder, labor educator, global solidarity activist and daily dog walker. She coordinates the show.

Ariana Eakle – IBEW Local 124 journeyperson electrician, singer and Wobbly. Also does the monthly feature Remember Our Struggle

Cris Mann – Retired special ed teacher, member AFT Local 691. She dreams of the day when the Pentagon budget will be redirected to our schools and teachers

Tom Gebken – President of CWA Local 6360, Labor activist, Community advocate and all around good guy

Christina Hendricks – Young inner-city social studies teacher and union activist.

Shawn Saving – Scientist, musician, labor activist.

Tino Scalici – Award-Winning Labor Journalist, Egomaniac, Assembly Line Worker

Michael Savwoir – Photographer, active TDUer, social and civil rights activist, retirement income security advocate, senior citizen!

Jen Zaman Dream of an engineer. She’s J Zed–presenter of Mind The Gap, Saturdays 12AM GMT/6PM CST. Music/art lover, proud wife and fur-mom, and aunt to a French teen.




Feature Editors

Mary Erio hosts the monthly Safety First feature. W orkplace safety advocate, engineer and butterfly garden enthusia
  • Michael Amash does Know Your Rights once a month. He is with the Blake & Uhlig labor law firm.
  • Mark Gruenberg is on once a month with Washington Window on Workers. He is a full-time labor journalist with PAI-Press Associates Inc. which provides news to unions and labor publications.






Upcoming Episodes

May 13, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast

Long Live Scabby the Rat! and Sarah Lloyd Green: KC early 20th Century Labor Leader

Scabby the Rat, the iconic supersized symbol of anti-union employers across America, has been under attack by Trumpers in the NLRB. Find out whether this defender of workers’ rights can escape the trap and continue to shame the union busters. Then, our two minute profile for labor history month of Sarah Lloyd Green may have whetted your appetite to know what KC was like for working people a century ago. We’ll find out more about her and the 1918 General Strike.

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