UnionBook – the end?

Yesterday I posted this message on the UnionBook website and sent a very similar message to all 5,943 users by email:

The company which hosts this service has just DOUBLED their prices, effective immediately.  

This means that LabourStart now needs to pay nearly $1,200 a year for a service which was costing us $600 a year until now.

Because of this, and because there appear to be very few active users of UnionBook, we are thinking of closing down the service.  

If you or your union or organization are prepared to donate $1,200, we can continue for another year.

Alternately, if we see a sudden huge show of interest in the site, we will reconsider.  (That doesn’t mean five people like it — it means enough people to justify spending that kind of money.)

I apologize for the short notice, but we just heard this and have only days to decide.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

– Eric Lee, LabourStart

Written by admin in: UnionBook |


  • kevin mcnamara

    I don’t see enough people using it.

    Comment | September 8, 2016
  • Mario Caonabo

    Is it possible to try a different company with a more reasonable fee?

    Comment | September 8, 2016
  • admin

    No, because Ning is both software and a hosting company. You can’t migrate what we have easily to anywhere else.

    Comment | September 9, 2016
  • Given the low level of activity here (a small number of people responsible for all the postings and discussion) I think it’s time has come. And gone. Whether hosted on Ning or elsewhere it has, perhaps regrettably, been overtaken by Facebook.

    Comment | September 8, 2016
  • admin

    I agree. – Eric

    Comment | September 9, 2016

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