We have six more weeks until the end of the year and I thought I’d share with you some of the things that we’ll be doing in that time:
- Finalizing the date and venue for our 2010 conference.
- Launching more campaigns – the next one likely to be another campaign in support of Sinter Metal workers in Turkey.
- Renewing UnionBook now that we seem to have largely cracked the problem of (new) spammers. This will include some serious publicity to involve more people, and the launch of new groups.
- Another survey of our readers — probably once again on the subject of campaigns.
- Preparation for the launch of our Labour Video of the Year competition — and joint work with the DC Metro Labor Council on databases of labour films and labour film festivals.
- Announcing the end of the Labour Website of the Year competition.
I’ve stopped further voting for the 2009 Labour Website of the Year competition and we should announce the results next week. According to my preliminary tally, the winner this year is the UE, with 262 votes.
The runners up are:
- Union Songs – 232
- Our Times – 193
- USLEAP – 185
- New Unionism Network – 178
This is not the final tally. There is the possibility of ballot box stuffing, so I’d like to ask for your help to ensure that we’ve got this right.
The only thing we need to determine with any degree of accuracy is which site won, so the question is, did UE get more votes than anyone else? This requires looking over the raw data and making a decision.
You can help by doing this and adding your comments below this post.
I hope this is only the beginning and am glad that several groups (UE, USLEAP and others) are actively promoting their candidacies. Here’s the vote totals now – keep in mind that I haven’t made any effort yet to weed out duplicates and ballot stuffing:
Union Songs 120
Our Times 118
New Unionism network 116
Anarcho Syndicalist review 35
Union Renewal 9
360 votes cast so far, and without taking into account duplicates (so this is pretty rough), here’s where we stand:
- Our Times 60
- CUPE 40
- IWW 39
- Solidarity 36
- UE 35
- Union Songs 29
- New Unionism network 23
- Anarcho Syndicalist review 19
- PGFTU 17
- Teamsters 15
- USLEAP 11
- Union Renewal 2
There’s a new, simple ballot which I’ve written for this year’s competition for the Labour Website of the Year. You may begin voting today- go here.
To see raw data on votes (including duplicates – ballot stuffing) go here.
I will publicize this to the nominated sites tomorrow and to our list on Thursday.
But feel free to start publicizing this to your lists now.
As you can see here, voting is now over to select the short-list for this year’s Labour Website of the Year competition.
I’ve just now blocked the page to vote on the short-list. No further votes will be allowed.
A total of 34 LabourStart correspondents voted, selecting an average of 5 sites each.
Here is the shortlist (the top 12):
New Unionism network
Solidarity (South Africa)
Voting will begin among our subscribers later this week.
I’ve just sent a message to all 525 correspondents for which we have email addresses inviting them to vote on the shortlist for this year’s Labour Website of the Year competition. You can watch them making their selections in real time, here.
I’ve closed the voting for the Labour Website of the Year. Our readers can no longer nominate.
We had a total of 376 nominations.
Nominations took place until the very end, with 1 on 31.12, 7 on 30.12 and 6 on 29.12.
We’ve had a massive increase in the number of sites nominated – from 104 last year to 170 this year.
Nominations close in one week and then we’ll have a mechanism in place for correspondents to select the shortlist. At the moment we have sites nominated from the following 31 countries:
- Cote d’Ivoire
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
So far, our readers have made 267 nominations. If you wish to nominate a site or two yourselves, please click here.