How The PRO Act Helps Freelancers: A Legal Analysis

In March, the National Writers Union and the Freelance Solidarity Project released a statement of support for the PRO Act, which has also been endorsed by the Author’s Guild, the Freelancers Union, the Dramatist Guild, and a host of other freelance writer and creator organizations. These organizations reject the false claim that the PRO Act’s […]

George Floyd and Moving Heaven and Earth

Let’s face it. It took millions of people taking to the streets for a solid year, thousands of arrests and literally moving heaven and earth to get the conviction of one racist cop who murdered George Floyd on camera, for the whole world to see. This is hardly balancing the “scales of justice.” In fact, […]

NWU Enters Service Agreement with the Graphic Communications Conference

On Saturday, April 10, the NWU Executive Board and Delegates voted by a 2-1 margin to accept a service agreement with the Graphic Communications Conference (GCC) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters(IBT). The service agreement is not an affiliation, but calls for NWU to have access to legal, organizing and legislative assistance, strategic research, training […]

Music and Entertainment Community Statement on Final Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

 Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2021) Today representatives of the American music and entertainment community issued the following statement on the passage of the COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus bill. “The American Rescue Plan provides absolutely essential economic relief for workers in the American creative community who continue to face an uncertain path back to work […]

Journalism is a Public Good – Especially Now!

Journalism is a public good. Journalism is essential for democracy. In the midst of a global pandemic the need for quality, independent information is vital.  And yet, across the world, journalists’ jobs are being axed, media are closing down and  information is being censored, restricted or used simply as a commodity to be bought and  […]

An Abundance of Racism

In the wake of the Trump-inspired attack on the Capitol on January 6, there’s much talk about passing domestic anti-terrorism laws and expanding those already on the books. People are being added to no-fly lists and the Capitol remains on lockdown with thousands of troops deployed there until March. We are reminded of the government […]

Resolution in Solidarity with SutNotimex (Notimex News Agency Workers Union)

The following resolution was passed unanimously at the NWU Executive Board meeting on January 30, 2021. The National Writers Union is a labor organization dedicated to protect and enhance the labor rights of journalists, freelancers, and other media workers. As members of the International Federation of Journalists, we are involved and support the struggles of […]

Some NWU Legislative Priorities for 2021

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) NWU has been part of a large coalition of mixed earners, those who have both 1099 and W-2 income. As many as one million workers with mixed incomes received artificially low unemployment benefits or none at all, in the first stimulus package. Arts and entertainment workers have been disproportionately impacted. This coalition was […]

The Capitol Riot

After the Presidential election last November, we ran a piece, “The War Is Not Over.” On January 6, a racist mob, urged on by Trump & Co., attacked the US Capitol building and assaulted media workers covering the riot. Journalists outside the Capitol were threatened and surrounded, equipment destroyed and stolen. “Murder the media” was […]