CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Freelancers

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) is an  act that makes independent contractors/self-employed individuals eligible for up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits under some circumstances, through December 31, 2020. The PUA program will be in effect as of January 27, 2020, and workers will be eligible for retroactive benefits. Eligibility for Benefits […]

“It Could Be The End”

Since 2004, before anyone knew of Covid-19, more than 2,000 mostly weekly newspapers have been lost to mergers or shutdowns in cities across the U.S. Already struggling, the industry saw a wave of consolidation and further contraction at the end of 2019. The McClaskey Group, the #2 newspaper group in the U.S. declared bankruptcy months […]

IFJ International Solidarity in the Face of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The following exchange took place between leaders of the International Federation of Journalists on Thursday, March 19, 2020 as the Covid-19 was wreaking havoc on Italy and Spain and beginning its escalated attack in North America. The international solidarity expressed here speaks for itself and offers some comfort and optimism in the face of this […]

NWU Attends International Conference on Social Media in Qatar

The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign have reportedly compiled an average of 3,000 data points on every voter in America. They have spent years experimenting with ways to tweak their messages based not just on gender and geography, but on whether you own a gun or play golf.

27th Annual UAW Civil and Human Rights Dinner

On January 24, UAW Region 9A held it’s 27th Annual Civil and Human Rights Dinner in honor of the MLK Holiday. NWU was represented by Ekim Kilic, Julia Witter, Yusef Salaam, Larry Goldbetter and keynote speaker, Lydia Edwards. Edwards received the Benny-Thorntin Labor-Civil Rights Award.  Other award winners included the late Hector Figueroa, former president […]

What Writers Should Know About AB5

On January 22, NWU and the Authors Guild held a panel on “What Writers Should Know About AB5 and Similar Laws to End Misclassification.” The speakers were Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger, Staff Attorney of the Employment Unit of the Legal Aid Society, Richard Blum, and NWU President Larry Goldbetter. You can see the […]

NWU Representing Unpaid Freelancers and Romance Writers

We have two new non-payment grievances to start the New Year. NWU member Daisy Alioto has helped us organize a group grievance of six freelancers at L’Officiel Magazine who are owed about $18,000. We have had one meeting with the freelancers and as we go to press, we have a meeting scheduled with officers from […]

Report from the National Executive Board – December 7, 2019

The NWU National Executive Board met on Saturday, December 7 via web conference. We were glad to welcome to new At Large members to the Board, Sandra Campbell (TX) and Susan Smith (NC) plus a revived Twin Cities chapter (Rob Orr) and a new chapter in Pittsburgh (Stephen Fisher). Financial Secretary/Treasurer Mitzi Timan reported that […]

NWU Holiday Happy Hour

New York, December 6 – This evening more than 50 members turned out to the NWU Holiday Happy Hour at Faces & Names. The event was organized by NY members Demetria Irwin and Michael Baginski (FSP). It was a great generational mix of book authors, journalists, digital media workers, bloggers and more, reflecting a year of […]

The Future of Journalism?

“I’ve Seen the Future, Brother. It is Murder!” – Leonard Cohen On November 29 and 30, the National Press Council of Morocco invited members of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists to participate in a series of panels on the Future of Journalism. The following comments were made by NWU President Larry […]