Is this the future of unions?

There is a tide starting to rise in the world of progressive activism, and unions in Australia and globally may get caught in it. The tide is comprised of decentralised, leaderless, temporary movements, empowered by online organising platforms like Mov…

“If a tweet worked once, send it again” — and other social media lessons from The New York Times

Michael Roston at Nieman Journalism Lab has an excellent and interesting article about the New York Times’ social media desk. With over 5 million followers on Twitter, The New York Times has some very pertinent advice and hard lessons, many of which are relevant to unions and other…

Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

We live in a post-fact world. I assert this for two reasons. Firstly, because it crystallises the conservative approach to public discourse, which is largely exemplified by lying, lying loudly and lying often. Secondly, because increasing scientific re…

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 American fee…

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 American fee…

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…

Turn your union members into advocates

Every union organiser knows that the best person to recruit a new member isn’t the organiser but another member, a colleague. The most active, passionate members, who proudly encourage their work mates to join the union, often end up as delegates or shop-stewards. This word-of-mouth is not…

Facebook for Unions – My new book is coming soon

Soon I will be launching a new book for unions, called Unionify: Social Campaigning for Unions. Before I publish the entire book, I am releasing a short excerpt: the chapter on Facebook. There are more than 1.15 billion people with a Facebook account i…

No more stock images, please!

A quick audit of a dozen union websites and brochures suggests that many unions are stuck in a cycle of using clichéd stock photos. This includes using photos of business men shaking hands to represent negotiation, or a group of ethnically diverse professional workers to represent members. Unions…

Wear your politics on your shirt

T-shirts are a lot cooler and more useful for your union campaigns than you’d think. You’d think unions would know this, by the numbers of free ones they give away. But only a few unions really use t-shirts as a tool for identifying potential activists, supporters and delegates….