Archives for December 2015

Free Brooklyn College Teacher’s Certificate Program

The Brooklyn College Teacher’s Program is an AMAZING, grant-funded opportunity for individuals to earn a TESOL certificate at NO COST. Through a generous workforce development grant, Brooklyn College’s American Language Academy will be offering a six-month, intensive program leading to the receipt of the TESOL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) noncredit certificate. Participants who successfully […]

NY Member Timothy Sheard Represents at the Brooklyn Writers Collective

NY member Timothy Sheard did a great job in representing the NY Chapter at the November meeting of the Brooklyn Writers Collective.  The writers were interested in the union’s services and the community of writers that we promote. They also expressed interest in our annual conference. In addition, a lapsed NWU member promised to renew that evening after […]

‘Freelance Isn’t Free’ Bill Introduced

NEW YORK — December 7, 2015 — About 80 freelancers gathered on the City Hall steps in support of a bill introduced in the New York City Council that would protect freelancers against non-payment. The #FreelanceIsn’tfree Act would penalize clients who refuse to pay freelancers within 30 days, and would subject them to double damages, […]

NWU Poet Raymond Nat Turner Making an Impact with Upsurge! and Beyond

Raymond Nat Turner is a member of the NWU NY Local Steering Committee and NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. […]

NWU 2015 Highlights

NWU 2015 Highlights January 12-13: Talks in NYC with Zhejiang Provincial Writers Association, People’s Republic of China; March 8-10: NWU delegates attend UAW New York State Lobby Conference in Albany, NY; March 24-26: Our delegates participate in UAW Collective Bargaining Convention in Detroit, MI; May 1-3: NWU president attends PFUJ Conference in Karachi,Pakistan as part […]

Freelancers Break Laquan McDonald Story

  By now, almost everyone has seen at least a piece of the Chicago police video of the cold-blooded murder of 17-year-old African-American youth Laquan McDonald. He was killed by white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October, 2014, but police video of the shooting was suppressed until a court ordered its November 2015 […]

Libraries in Crisis

Citizens Defending Libraries (CDL), a group dedicated to preserving and developing libraries in New York—instead of selling them off to real estate developers—held a special night of entertainment on October 10 in Brooklyn. The evening honored libraries and looked at the forces behind the crises they face. Billed as “an evening of comedy and drama,” […]

We Are One: Celebrating Workers Stories

Labor activists and leaders joined rank and file workers recently to celebrate the release of a beautiful book of photos and oral histories featuring American union members. Actor and activist Danny Glover; former UAW President Bob King, NYS Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon; UAW Division 9A Director Julie Kushner; and PSC/CUNY Welfare Fund’s Larry Morgan […]

President’s Report ~ December 2015

2015 In Review We may look back on 2015 as a watershed year for the NWU: We made difficult decisions and long-needed changes that could give our union a new lease on life. For example, this year the national office cut expenses by more than $60,000, while our delegates approved a modest dues increase for […]