Literary Translators are Organizing with NWU

Literary translators are excited to be taking their first steps toward forming a division in the National Writers Union! Advocacy for better contractual terms and working conditions by literary translators, who are all freelance workers, has been ongoing for years, even decades, mostly through professional organizations, and some advances have been made. We have a […]

NY Governor Hochul Signs “Freelance Isn’t Free” into Law

Albany, NY – Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (S5026) into law. The bill will protect contract and freelance workers by ensuring we receive appropriate contracts for our work, are paid within 30 days of the work being completed. As a result of negotiations between the legislature and Governor Hochul, we […]

Al Weinrub – RIP

Al Weinrub, a life-long political activist and former 1st VP of NWU, passed away on August 30, 2023. He was surrounded by love and song, and held by loved ones with whom he dreamt and fought for a better world. His service is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 and will be livestreamed. Please write to […]

NWU Celebrates Illinois’ Governor Pritzker Signing the Freelance Worker Protection Act, Setting a Nationwide Standard for Protections for Freelancers

Springfield, IL — On Friday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzer signed the Freelance Worker Protection Act (HB1122) into law. The National Writers Union (NWU) celebrates Illinois setting a nationwide standard as it becomes the first state to enact legislation protecting freelance workers. Under FWPA, sponsored by Representative Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago), freelancers […]

NWU Stands with WGA/SAG-AFTRA!

The National Writers Union stands in solidarity with the workers of SAG-AFTRA and the WGA. Central to the strike is the industry’s use of AI, for which SAG-AFTRA is demanding “informed consent and fair compensation”. As a union of multidisciplinary writers and media workers, we’re acutely aware of the way creative labor is devalued and […]

L’Officiel to Pay $275,000 to 41 Freelance Workers!

For Immediate Release Contact: Larry Goldbetter: 212-254-0275 French Fashion Media Company L’Officiel Settles With New York City July 11th, 2023 NEW YORK—The City of New York City announced today that they have settled a lawsuit against L ’Officiel USA, the American subsidiary of the French-owned global media company that operates several print and digital […]

NYS Governor Hochul Vetos Freelance Isn’t Free

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Press Release for: December 23, 2022 Contact: Meredith Tannor, 646-226-0946, (NWU) Eric Thurm: (914) 275-1122 Rafael Espinal, Executive Director of the Freelancers Union and Larry Goldbetter, President of the National Writers Union Respond to Unfortunate News of Governor Kathy Hochul Vetoing the NYS Freelance Isn’t Free Law, Which Would Have […]

We’re Freelancers, but We’re Striking in Solidarity with New York Times Employees

This story first appeared in The Nation on December 8, 2022 The resurgence of American labor organizing has relied on solidarity beyond the bargaining unit—and that’s what we’re offering. By Bryce Covert, Jillian Steinhauer and Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein Today, more than 1,100 unionized newsroom employees at The New York Times will walk out, refusing to work for an entire day. For the past […]