Eric Lee, Gaza, LabourStart, Me and 900 Comrades- A Screed

LabourStart is composed of almost 900 volunteer trade unionists around the world.  85 in Canada alone (where I reside).  We operate largely autonomously from each other.  While Eric is prominent among them/us as webmaster and founder, he…

Take Back the ‘Net

I often make references here to “digital utopians,” the folks of the ‘90s who kept telling us the internet would set our minds and news media free from the constraints and censorship imposed by corporate ownership. We could all be our own newspap…

Twitter Tips and Tweetfests

I’ve harped on (and on) before about the lack of interactivity in unions’ use of so-called new media. Readers have responded in two ways, saying either, “It takes resources we don’t have to manage it all;” or, “What do you mean! We respond …

Mail Chgimps and Changing Walmart

A couple of IWDs ago I used my Webwork column to look at the distressingly negative experiences many women have online, including being flamed or otherwise harassed. And how those experiences might negatively affect women’s receptiveness to their uni…

Tech Tips and Tools for Change

Katie Arnup at Unifor is the first Canadian unionist I’ve seen, to date (besides me), to use a badge on Facebook: a small logo or other graphic in the corner of a user’s photo. It’s an inexpensive way for union members to show their allegiance to and play a small but collectively important…

E-mail Lists Work Best

Last issue you were treated (?!) to a rant. This time I’m giving you a bunch of shorter items, leaving less room for my opinions. Mebbe.At LabourStart, we recently made an effort to track the ways that work best for getting the word out about our cam…

A Union Wikipedia Initiative?

I have been listening to Corey Doctorow’s Craphound podcast for a long while and his closing Creative Commons licensing notice (which quotes Woody Guthrie) finally made me think it was time to say a few words about Creative Commons (CC).
CREATIVE COM…

All the Current LabourStart Twitter Feeds

@LabourStart – the global feed, in English.

@LabourStart_fr – the global feed, in French.

@LabourStartCanE – the Canadian feed, in English.

@LabourStartCanF – the Ca.nadian feed, in French.

@LabourStartDE – the German feed.

@LaborStartUSA – the Am…

This Christmas Give the Gift of Solidarity

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, here’s something you can do to mark the day.
As I write this hundreds of riot police have surrounded the temple where the leaders of the Korean rail workers union have been seeking refuge.  By taking just a few seconds out of your holiday you can tell…

Labour Day Review From LabourStart Canada

Most years Labour Day marks the end of the vacation season and a return to the slog.  This year is different.  From Canada Post to funeral homes, global furniture retailers to small town governments, employers have been aggressively pressing …