NWU Crashes Ebony Power 100 Bash – Pay the Writers!

On December 1, NWU crashed the Ebony Power 100 Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The Gala is Ebony magazine’s annual award ceremony to honor the leading African-American figures in politics, culture and sports. NWU’s action was organized by SoCal acting chapter chair Ismael Parra and NWU VP Pamela K. Johnson. Members […]

What a Year!

Last year at this time, most of us were depressed and/or in shock at the outcome of the presidential election. But on the day after the inauguration, the Women’s March, a worldwide protest, helped clear our heads and set us on a course to fight back. The anti-Muslim travel ban was met by thousands of […]

Rally to Support Writers Fired at DNAinfo and Gothamist

NEW YORK, NY (November 6, 2017) – “We come not to mourn, but to organize.” That’s how Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) Executive Director, Lowell Peterson kicked off today’s rally in support of DNAinfo and Gothamist writers who were fired after voting to join the union. Right-wing billionaire-owner Joe Ricketts announced that he was shutting down […]

Ebony Freelancers and NWU Get to Know Each Other

On November 1, lawyers for NWU and the Ebony Media Organization finally met in a Cook County courtroom. At issue is the $80,000 owed to the 48 freelancers who are being represented by their union. The following night, about a dozen Ebony freelancers and some NWU reps met and got to know each other at […]

Learn Your Rights Under the Freelance Isn’t Free Law

  Did you know that under the new Freelance Isn’t Free Law, a deadbeat client could be forced to pay double damages and legal costs for stiffing a freelance writer? NWU played a big role in helping to pass the law, making New York City the first in the country to make stiffing freelancers a […]

NYC Labor Day Events

THE PARADE On September 9, UAW locals in the New York area responded to the racist terror that took place in Charlottesville the previous month. While we didn’t expect to see any Nazis that day, we did march past Trump Tower, home to the #1 white supremacist in the country, behind a huge banner that […]

First Online NEB Meeting, Muslim Travel Ban

NEB MEETING On September 16, we held our first-ever online National Executive Board meeting, with more than two dozen national officers, chapter and division chairs participating. Three resolutions passed, one on Fighting Islamophobia, another for an E-Book Addendum to the Guide on Book Contracts, and the third to support Separating the Copyrighting Office from the […]

NWU and UAW Respond to Charlottesville at Trump Tower

New York, September 9 – The Labor Parade in NYC is always held the Saturday after Labor Day, and all of the UAW locals in the NY area took it as our opportunity to respond to the racist terror that took place in Charlottesville the month before. While we didn’t expect to see any Nazis […]

President’s Report to the NEB Meeting – September 16, 2017

This report comes at a very opportune moment. Since Labor Day, we filed a case in Cook County, IL on behalf of 39 Ebony freelancers, signed a contract with The Nation magazine (see Dave Hill’s report) and had our annual in-person meeting with the Authors Coalition of America (good news and bad news). We’re playing […]

Resolutions Passed at the NEB Meeting – September 16, 2017

For an E-Book Addendum to the Guide to Book Contracts Submitted by the Grievance and Contract Division Whereas, e-books today account for at least half the market for books sold in the U.S., and members need to have the latest information about them when negotiating contracts; Whereas, the section on e-books in The Guide to […]