This will be my last update for a while — I will be back at my desk on 12 August for a week and a half, and then back to work after the summer break on 28 August.
Mailing lists: I fixed the link on the English and new French home pages to ensure that anyone signing up to mailing lists there is added to our old MailChimp lists. I migrated some who had subscribed (prematurely) to the new Sendy lists. We’re not yet using Sendy for English or French, but we will.
Campaigns: I’ve sent out monthly reminders to our partners in general, and specific ones to our friends at the 3 Cosas campaign in London and GE workers in Erie, Pennsylvania campaign at the two-month mark. We’ve promoted the Maruti Suzuki campaign in Hindi to more than 300 Indians who are on our English language mailing list. We’re beginning to grow a small mailing list in Hindi as a result.
Books: I’ve followed up with CreateSpace and our bank about missing royalty payments totalling over £500. We’ve been asked to ship 60 copies of our Global Labour Movement book to the founding congress of the International Domestic Workers Network in Montevideo in October.
Asia: I’ve followed up with the 15 trade union communicators I met at the recent ILO course in Turin, asking them to support, publicize, and translate our campaigns, and to signup as volunteer correspondents.
Publicity: I was interviewed this morning for an article to appear in Labour Research.
Kiev conference in November: Edd and I have been invited to participate in an event linking together trade unionists and democratic socialists from across the former Soviet Union. One of the days will be devoted to a meeting of LabourStart correspondents from across the region.
Brussels course in October: I’ll be teaching trade unions from across Europe about campaigning in a course organized by the European Trade Union Institute. I did this last year by Skype; this year, they’re bringing me over to Brussels.
LabourStart home page in French: Edd has done a lot more work on this and we are nearly ready for launch. We’ll be meeting Andy in London in August and can finalize then.