Help Cam Stocks go to the Labor Notes conference in Chicago

Update posted by Cam Stocks On Mar 31, 2016

I'm in Chicago with Ian and Nilüfer for the conference. Here's our plan, with the workshops we're going to attend and Chicago Teachers Union pickets and protests. As you might be able to see - there are workshop slots with several options that might benefit the UK health worker movement. I'd appreciate opinions on which sessions you think we'd benefit from the most!

Here are the sessions with choice:

Saturday (D)
- Defending Mental Health Care
- Fighting Privatisation
- One to one: make it an organising conversation (Leah Lindeman), Liberty
- Opening up bargaining, DWF A

Saturday (E)
- Building a Reform Caucus in your union, Lambert
- Mapping your workplace and identifying leaders (Nick Bedell), Ronald Reagan
- One to one: make it an organising conversation (Sophie Mendoza), Liberty

Details of the workshops can be seen here.

P.S. Just for fun, here's a giant pizza



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Update posted by Cam Stocks On Mar 21, 2016

Well this is going well! I'm all booked and ready to go, thanks to all of you!

Here’s a quick update on the finances of the trip. Some things have worked out cheaper than expected, others more expensive. I've updated the campaign goal to reflect this, but overall (once you account for transaction fees), the initial estimates weren't far off.

Raised so far - £715 (some fees are skimmed off by paypal, etc. About 4%.)

Costs so far - £720

  • Flight - £530 (cost rose between setting up this page and when I was able to book)
  • Registration - £28 ($40 - the conference organisers very generously reduced this from $150!)
  • ESTA - £10 ($14)
  • Insurance - £152 (pre-existing medical conditions really hiked this up - down with private health insurance! NHS ftw.)
  • Hotel - I’m sharing, it’s still free!

Expected costs - £70

Taxis, airport food, local transport. This is very difficult to quantify but I’d guess around $10-$20 per day.

Nice-to-haves

Labor Notes produces some excellent practical guides that aren’t available in the UK. Any extra funds will be used to purchase copies for distribution to UK health workers.

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Update posted by Cam Stocks On Mar 16, 2016

Thank you so much to everyone who's donated so far!! £250 in two days is incredible - much better than I expected this to go. I'm going to be buying flights over the next few days, with my fingers crossed that we get closer to the fundraising target!

It seems like the start of the Labor Notes conference will be a busy day in Chicago, with the Chicago Teachers' Union and others calling a day of action and one day walkout to "Shut It Down" in protest against corporate welfare, tax injustice and growing poverty; and for racial justice.

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Good luck Cam! Go for it! All the best

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GO CAM GO!

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Cam, I think what your doing is amazing! Keep up all the hard work, and I hope this trip is the success you diserve it to be!

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Go for it Cam!!

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