LaborMail is an email service established to help support the work of labor journalists and gives unions a great email hosting solution that’s wholly owned and operated by a unionized company, Prometheus Labor Communications.
LaborMail provides the following services and features:
You can use your union’s domain name with LaborMail.
Having email addresses that use your union’s domain name (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sign of a professional organization. We recommend all individuals representing labor organizations have custom email addresses associated with their local union.
LaborMail can store your mail on our mail servers.
The mail can be retrieved from our servers using any email application that supports POP3 or IMAP (all email applications support these). What this means is that you can use desktop email applications such as Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, etc. to view and reply to your email. You will also have the ability to use GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and other major web-based email services to send and receive mails through our servers.
LaborMail can forward mail from your official union email address to another email address.
This is ideal for individuals who don’t want the hassle of setting up and administering a completely new email account.
LaborMail provides you with an ad-free, web-based solution for reading and replying to your email.
That means you can access your email anywhere, anytime from any computer or mobile device.
LaborMail gives unions the ability to administer email addresses for their organization.
The web-based interface allows designated individuals within your union to quickly add and remove email accounts.
How does it work?
It’s simple. We charge $1.00 per month for each email account hosted with us. 25% of every dollar we collect goes directly into the pocket of a labor journalist. So if we host 10,000 email accounts, $2500 will be donated to labor journalists each month.
Who decides which labor journalists are supported?
Right now, the staff of Prometheus Labor Communications will decide. But as the program grows and becomes more successful, we will seek input from others and perhaps get a formal nomination and voting process in place. Your ideas and input are most welcome.
How much money does each labor journalist get?
We are currently capping each donation to $250 per journalist per month.
Which labor journalists are you supporting already?
We are currently supporting Mike Elk, of In These Times.
When will you be adding more journalists?
When we get over 1000 email accounts (when Mike Elk caps out) we will be announcing another labor journalist.
Sounds great. How do I help?
Please tell your union’s leadership or IT support about LaborMail. And please contact us if you have more questions.