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 […]

Our Brothers and Sisters in Puerto Rico Need Our Help – NOW!

The workers, students, youth and elderly in Puerto Rico are facing horrific conditions resulting from hurricane Maria.  Millions are homeless, without electricity, food or water.  There is a serious shortage of fuel and barely any cell phone service.  Much of the country is inaccessible because roads and bridges are impassable.  Hospital generators are lacking the […]

Popular US-Based Chinese TV Station Denied Accreditation to Cover the 2017 United Nations General Assembly

PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: SEP 21, 2017 13:49 EDT NEW YORK, September 21, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Veteran journalist Lixin Yang, who has worked with NTD Television Chinese for over 10 years, has been denied accreditation to cover the 2017 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), after an unusually long wait. Being U.S.-based, NTD Chinese is the largest Chinese television […]

NWU Brings the Ebony Fight to NABJ17!

The National Writers Union was well represented at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention and Career Fair held in New Orleans held August 9-13, 2017. NABJ President Sarah Glover and her Board very generously gave our group a great platform to discuss the ongoing campaign to get Ebony freelancers paid.  Prior to […]

Charlottesville – The Dogs Are Off The Leash!

Events in Charlottesville, VA, August 11-12, starting with a tiki-torchlight parade of white supremacists and culminating in the murder of anti-racist para legal Heather Heyer, was a fascist Coming Out Party. The dogs are off the leash! Having faced little to no police presence, they are energized and aiming higher. According to the New York […]

NWU and Ebony Freelancers: “Pay the Writers!”  

Last April, unpaid freelancers for Ebony magazine started the Twitter hashtag #Ebonyowes. NWU joined in the online discussion and slowly started developing a campaign to get the writers compensated. As of today, we have about 40 new members at Ebony, who are owed more than $70,000, and still more writers are joining almost daily. Under pressure from the […]

The National Writers Union to EBONY: “See You in Court!”

NEW YORK, NY – The National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 (NWU) is preparing to go to court after the EBONY Media Organization (EMO) and its parent company, the Clear View Group (CVG) failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to compensate as many as 50 freelance writers who are owed as much as $200,000. After mounting […]

NWU Hosts Panel on Turkey as Trial Opens for 17 Journalists

New York City, June 20 – Today NWU hosted a panel on the growing crises in Turkey and the Middle East. The panelsists included Sedat Bozkurt, a leading journalist at Fox Turkey, and Mucahit Bilici, a professor at John Jay College in NY and author of “Turkish Islam and the Kurdish Question.” The panel was […]

Press Release on Ebony Media’s Non-Payment to Freelancers

The National Writers Union Continues To Press Ebony Media For Written Agreement On Compensating Unpaid Freelancers Statement to the media not enough, says union that represents freelance writers NEW YORK, NY – As the number of freelance writers owed by EBONY Media continues to rise, the National Writers Union is demanding a firmer commitment from […]