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 […]

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 […]