Russia campaign suspended

After four months – we’ve gotten permission from the International Metalworkers Federation to suspend this campaign.  The campaign had 2,415 messages sent in 7 languages.

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Some quick updates


  • We’ve asked to close down the Russian campaign after 4 months and 2,415 supporters.
  • We are about to launch a new campaign in support of Turkish workers.  Both campaigns came from the International Metalworkers Federation.
  • Campaign counter now works on all languages.


  • Work has begun on localizing the entry of news links – we’re testing this on French first.  The aim is to have all the input screens work in the local language so we can recruit correspondents who don’t know any English at all.

Book sales:

  • We’ve sold 53 copies of the Global Unions, Global Business book, which is not bad.
  • The Union Books group has 71 members, making it one of the largest groups on UnionBook.
  • We’ve sold $986.55 worth of books at UCS in the first week of April.
  • We’re in negotiations with the bookstore of one of the largest unions in Europe, Ver.di, in Berlin and might be able to begin selling German-language union books to German trade union members.
  • We’re also talking to an Australian university press about helping to sell one of its titles.


  • Did some more work on creating a Unicode version of these for sites which have switched over to Unicode. So far, French and German are working.


  • There will be concert in Sheffield on 2 May the proceeds of which will be donated to LabourStart – more details soon.
  • We’re also finishing up the deal with No Sweat Apparel to produce a union-made UnionBook t-shirt.
  • We’re following up with possible donations to LabourStart from Unite (UK) and CUPE (Canada).

Update on book of the week

Sales in the first 3 days of April at UCS now exceed sales for all of the first quarter of 2009.  The numbers are not massive – $797.65, which translates at $79.76 for us (£53.82) – but still, it’s good.

And the Union Books group on UnionBook now has 45 members — seven of whom have suggested books!

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Book of the Week – relaunch

It’s important for us to sell labour books – and LabourStart is uniquely positioned to do so.  This article from four years ago explains why and it’s still relevant today.

I wanted to update you on book sales in the first quarter of 2009.  It’s a bit complicated, as we’ve sold books four different ways.  Here is breakdown, listing the gross and our share (net).  All totals are in US dollars.

  • Powells – $29.00 – $2.17
  • UCS – $712.13 – $71.21
  • Middlesex Univ. Press (Global Unions) – $1,589.85 – $387.74
  • TUC (Hadi Never Died) – $1,482.79 – $930.87

The total income we received, therefore, is $1,391.99 (£946.95).

Obviously we make the most money when we sell directly from publishers (the TUC and Middlesex University) but it’s easiest for us, and most useful to our readers, when we co-market with UCS.

For that reason, today I’m going to relaunch our book-of-the-day feature, except as book-of-the-week, and hope to promote some of the very best labour books over the next few months.

I’ve also launched a UnionBook group called ‘Union Books‘  to discuss labour books.  We should refer writers, publishers and readers to that group.

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