Tag - @Heartland_Labor

The National Alliance for Retired Americans Goes to Kansas and What Liberals Get Wrong about the New Deal

The Alliance for Retired Americans, a grassroots labor organization with 4.4 million members in 39 states, has just expanded to Kansas. We’ll talk to its leader Rich Fiesta. Then labor historian Eric Blanc has a new provocative essay: Liberals Get the New Deal Wrong. We’ll talk to him about the...

Rep. Sharice Davids and KS AFL-CIO’s John Nave on What Has Congress Done for Us Lately

If you’re working class, and you’re wondering if the political class has done anything for you lately, tune in to this week’s Heartland Labor Forum where Rep. Sharice Davids and the Kansas AFL-CIO’s John Nave will explain what’s in it for you in recent bills passed by Congress. We’ll talk...

Where Have All the Teachers Gone? and Tales from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum

Large classrooms and too few teachers are nothing new to education, but this year as shortages pile up, we’re asking, “Where have all the teachers gone?  We’ll try to answer this week on the Heartland Labor Forum with Jason Roberts president of the Kansas City Federation of Teachers Union. Then,...

Former NLRB Chair William Gould, and Carson Pope on Missouri labor politics

When the economy goes south, or there’s a war or pandemic, rather than hunker down, American workers organize. Former NLRB Chairman William Gould has written a book called For Labor to Build Upon: Wars, Depression, Pandemic. He’ll be on the show. Then, the Missouri AFL-CIO has hired a political organizer...

Profile of two union leaders: CWA organizer Jeff Hayes and ATU 1287 President Will Howard

Why is it so hard for workers to win unions? CWA organizer Jeff Hayes will debunk many of the antiunion lies that bosses tell their workers and explain what’s in it for workers to unionize. Then, the Area Transportation Authority is facing many post-COVID challenges: a shortage of drivers, declining...

4000 Union Troublemakers – A Report from the Labor Notes Conference

Last month over 4,000 rank and file labor activists met in Chicago for the biannual Labor Notes Conference. There were 250 workshops teaching how to make good trouble, plenaries with luminaries like Amazon’s Chris Smalls, the new Teamster President Sean O’Brien, and even Bernie Sanders made an appearance. The Heartland...

Inflation and Monopoly: What’s the Connection? And David Bacon: More Than a Wall – 30 Years of Photos

The Federal Reserve is trying to slow inflation by raising interest rates. At the same time corporate profits are at an all-time high. We'll ask UMKC economists if our monopolized economy is really what’s driving inflation. Then, what do you know about the border wall between the US and Mexico? ...