Book 3: Now completed, published, and waiting for the first paper copy to arrive before we officially announce it. A draft web page is already live — http://www.labourstart.org/firefoxos — and will be improved before launch, probably tomorrow.
Intern: We have a shortlist of five intern candidates and will interview them this Friday.
Berlin 2014: I’ll be visiting Berlin next week, meeting with our organizing committee there plus others. We should be able to launch the conference website by then, and begin online registrations.
This is how you promote LabourStart: See below for the table Derek set up at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) convention where he’s been selling our calendars and books and making great connections for LabourStart.
Colombia campaign: After just 8 days, this is our second largest campaign ever, with just over 10,100 messages sent — over 100 of them from Colombia.
Calendar sales: Continue to be disappointing, but growing slowly. In October, we sold just 30 copies of the calendar; in September, we sold more than four times that number — 134 copies. I continue with weekly reminders via social media, and we mentioned it in a recent mass mailing. We’ll continue with this in the hope that as 2014 approaches, people will begin to buy their calendars …
Blog action day: I used this to help promote some of our campaigns — but there’s no evidence it helped at all.
Donations: We received once again a large donation from LO Norway.
Newswires: I checked to see if there was a problem with one of our French newswires — there wasn’t, and with one of our Finnish newswire — there was, and I’ve not yet been able to solve the problem.