2016 Year in Review

All in all, it was a very busy year at NWU and we’re better off for it. The elections aside, we still have many challenges ahead, the main one being how to grow, be more active, and better serve our members while, at the same time, cutting back on spending. This is a perpetual riddle […]

Trumped!

Where to begin? Maybe with Trump losing the popular vote by more than 2 million votes. Maybe, with openly racist and anti-Semitic Steve Bannon of Breitbart being named as Trump’s chief strategist. Maybe the Alt-Right conference giving Nazi salutes and yelling “Hail Trump!” or the KKK planning victory celebrations. Possibly we could start with the […]

Freelance Isn’t Free Becomes Law in NYC!

On October 27, the NY City Council passed the landmark Freelance Isn’t Free bill into law. With a vote of 51-0, the City Council made New York City the first in the U.S. to make non-payment to freelancers and independent contract workers a crime. NWU is a cosponsor of the bill and well aware of […]

Anti-Muslim Profiling Near Trump Tower

At the New York City Labor Day Parade on September 10, one of our members, Ekim Kilic, a young Turkish national, approached someone who appeared to him to be a Union Marshal, and asked where he could find the National Writers Union group. The person told Ekim that the UAW/NWU contingent had already passed. The […]

ELECTIONS: Neck and (Orange) Neck

The Presidential race is tightening. After more than a year of primaries, caucuses and conventions; after Bernie Sanders received over 13 million votes to end income inequality and crippling tuition debt; and after the sideshow of the Republican “debates,” where contestants were eliminated from the talent competition —before making it to the swimsuit round—it appears […]

Strike Against Racist Police Terror

Three more unarmed black men have been shot and killed by the police. They include a teenager with a BB gun in Columbus, OH; a young man with his hands in the air returning from class in Tulsa, OK; and a man sitting in his car, reading a book in Charlotte, NC. The police who […]

NWU Supports the Struggle to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

The struggle to stop the Dakota Access pipeline has grown to involve thousands of First Nation tribes and their supporters despite a corporate media blackout. For defying the blackout and bringing some coverage to the heroic fight-back, Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and other journalists have had warrants issued for their arrest! On September 15, a […]

Writer Alert: Heart and Soul Magazine

Heart & Soul continues to cheat its former writers, some of whom remain unpaid for years. Since the Writer Alert posted in April 2013 reporting that H&S had yielded to pressure from the NWU and the UAW  and had started reimbursing writers in installments, three more NWU members have come to the union for help. Together […]

At the Pride March: Labor Against Hate!

June 26 was quite possibly the biggest Pride March in NYC history. The massive turnout was in large part a response to the anti-Gay terrorist hate-crime committed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida just two weeks earlier. It was a resounding statement against fear, terror and the spread of assault weapons, and in defense […]

Media Has Free Time for Trump – No Time for Workers

While the corporate media continues to give 24/7, non-stop coverage (and billions in free publicity) to Donald Trump, there has been an almost complete news blackout of major struggles of working people. In the U.S., the six-week strike of 40,000 Verizon workers, members of the CWA and IBEW, against the telecommunications giant making $18 billion […]