Pass the Amended HEROES Act for Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Last July, NWU joined a coalition of 19 groups to lobby Congress for Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Under the leadership of SAG-AFTRA, the coalition has grown to 97 organizations.  This week, new legislation was introduced updating the HEROES Act and including for the first time, benefits for those who derive their income from a […]

Free Julian Assange!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London. He has been behind bars in a British prison in the east of London since April 2019, and was initially held in solitary confinement. Assange is a member of the IFJ Australian affiliate MEAA and holds an IFJ press card. He is being charged […]

Cincinnati Police Attempt to Silence Freelance Journalist

A Cincinnati police officer is suing four defendants for libel. One is NWU member Julie Niesen.  They are being sued for calling out Officer Ryan Olthaus on social media for flashing the OK sign at a black woman attending a City Council hearing during the BLM protests. That hand-sign has been adopted by the white supremacist […]

Journalists Are Not Police Informants!

On July 24, a Seattle judge ruled that journalists from The Seattle Times and four cable news outlets must turn over previously unreleased photos and videos to the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The police are demanding 90 minutes’ worth of material gathered from a protest on May 30, following the racist police murders of George […]

NWU Joins 19 Organizations in Supporting the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act of 2020

Tell congressional leadership that you want to fix the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program so that Mixed Income Earners in your state can pay their rent and feed their families The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was intended to protect independent contractors and other self-employed American workers who lost work through no fault of their own. However, […]

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Trump, Covid, Poverty and Racist Terror

The cold-blooded racist murders of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging near Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor while asleep in her bed in Louisville, KY, and George Floyd while in police custody and handcuffed in Minneapolis, MN, have set off a firestorm across the US and around the world. The fearless unity of people across race, age, gender, […]

IFJ North America Region Meets

IFJ’s North American Region met on May 13, to discuss and coordinate our response to the Covid/financial crisis facing our members and our industry.  The meeting included the participation of Unifor (Canada), NWU (US), TNG-CWA (US), NUJ (UK and Ireland), and the Deputy General Secretary of IFJ. To underline the gravity of the situation, the […]

UAW and NWU: One Movement, Two Paths

(This announcement is simultaneously going out to the NWU membership and all UAW Region 9A Local Unions.) On April 30, 2020, UAW Local 1981 National Writers Union (NWU) President Larry Goldbetter, on behalf of the NWU Executive Board and its members, asked the UAW International Executive Board to vote on their request to disaffiliate from the […]

Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

On May 13, NWU and a dozen member organizations of the Authors Coalition of America signed on to a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, initiated by the Freelancers Union, concerning continued and improved support for freelancers during the current Covid/financial crisis.  May 13, 2020 Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Re: Fair inclusion of […]