Archives for October 2015

Writers Attend White House Summit

          The White House Summit on Worker Voice on October 7 brought together workers, including writers, labor leaders, business owners, government officials, and advocates.             President Obama told those gathered in the East Room: “We should be making it easier, not harder, for folks to join a union.” Yet he cautioned that those who would […]

TV Writers Rally, Unionize

At the latest rally in Manhattan for the unionized writers at Original Media, writers at a sister reality TV production company, Leftfield Entertainment, announced on October 13 that they voted to unionize by a 2-1 margin. Original Media, owned by international, multimillion dollar conglomerate Endemol Shine Group, produces shows such as Ink Master, Comic Book […]

Litquake, NWU Partner at SF Fest

On October 11, the Northern California NWU Chapter made its first appearance at San Francisco’s Litquake Festival. We set up our table in the main room, which was nicely situated to observe the main event: “The Bridge Between Fiction and Non: Adam Johnson and T.J. Stiles in Conversation.” Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, […]

The October Jazz Revolution including the “Black Lives Matter” Suite

Join NWU members John Pietaro, Zigi Lowenberg and others performing for The  October Jazz Revolution on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 from 6 – 10 pm at The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.  Register Now. 5 SETS IN REVOLT   The October Jazz Revolution including the “Black Lives Matter” Suite Music Now   Music Now! At The Brooklyn Commons The […]

We Are Workers: National Graduate Worker Day of Action

On October 15th, sixteen (and counting) graduate unions across the country will be participating in “We Are Workers: National Graduate Worker Day of Action,” a series of coordinated events aimed at gaining public support for the grad unionization movement and pushing the NLRB to move quickly and in our favor as we work to overturn […]

Banned Books Week

For Banned Books Week—Sept. 27 – Oct 3—the American Library Association released a list of the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2014, citing the reason they’d been ousted. 1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Reasons: anti-family; cultural insensitivity; drugs/alcohol/smoking; gambling; offensive language; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited for age […]

AKIL’S NEXT STAGE

As you may know, I left the NWU in January in hopes of getting my one-man show up by fall. As the months passed, the pieces did not seem to come together. That’s when I decided to up the stakes and submit my show to two festivals. Money continued to run out with no word […]

Support Member’s Off-Broadway Stage Debut this Tuesday, Oct. 6

Calling all members, family and friends who would support our member’s musical stage debut tomorrow night, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 9 pm… One of the National Writers Union members, Garrett Buhl Robinson, is making a monumental step in his career performing Off-Broadway at Theatre Row! His musical, Letters to Zoey, is based upon his experiences in 1992 […]

No Rubber Stamp for Staples

Staples and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have set up postal counters in the chain’s big box stores, where Staples’ low-paid, minimally trained staff can ship consumer packages. Hundreds of downtown business centers, major malls, and uptown shopping districts now operate with Staples’ “approved shipper program,” a privatization plan that weakens public services and […]