Ramón V Pebenito, ¡Presente!

Our comrade, Ramón V Pebenito, passed away by 1 a.m. on Friday, December 30th. He lost his long-time battle with cancer. We are deeply saddened with his loss. He has been active in community organizing in several fields, namely housing and food justices, and working diligently within black and brown communities. In a short amount […]

What’s In a Signature Line?

WHAT’S IN A SIGNATURE LINE? by Barbara Beckwith First, for those who don’t know: a signature line is text that automatically appears at the bottom of every email you send or respond to. John McDaid uses different “sig lines” in four contexts. He uses one for personal emails that end with just his name and […]

NYS Governor Hochul Vetos Freelance Isn’t Free

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Press Release for: December 23, 2022 Contact: Meredith Tannor, 646-226-0946, mtannor@freelancersunion.org (NWU) Eric Thurm: (914) 275-1122 eric.d.thurm@gmail.com 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 […]

CLASH–BUT NO MERGER–OF THE TITANS

The pending merger between Simon and Schuster and Penguin Random House, a further consolidation of media, seemed almost inevitable a month ago.  Then A federal district court in the D.C. Circuit announced it viewed the deal as an antitrust violation and vowed to block any agreement between the two publishing houses’ parent companies.   The Authors […]

Highlights of the Recent IFJ Executive Committee Meeting

The IFJ Executive Committee met on November 28-29. The IFJ has about 160 affiliate unions in 148 countries, representing around 600,000 journalists. Here are some of the highlights from that meeting. Three Unions Join the IFJ:  The Tehran Journalists Association (TJA), the Afghan Independent Journalists Union (AIJU), and the National Syndicate of Journalists of Comoriens […]

FSP Strategy Summit: The Sequel

Freelance Solidarity Project (FSP) members reconvened on December 4 to build upon our early October summit takeaways, delve deeper into 2023 priorities, and collectively envision the kind of life we want for freelancers and precarious workers everywhere.  We welcomed both New York City-based members in person and virtually from around the country, and were once […]

Here’s a Legislative Update

As we prepare to head into 2023, NWU is well-positioned to lead efforts to pass several laws improving working conditions for writers, freelancers, and other precarious workers.   The Illinois version of Freelance Isn’t Free has sponsors in both houses of the state legislature. In Columbus, we have a member of the city council working […]

NWU Boston Chapter at the Boston Book Festival

On Saturday, October 29, the Boston Chapter of NWU had a booth at the Boston Book Festival in Copley Square. The festival has taken place since 2008. The attendance is typically between 25,000 to 30,000 people. It was a beautiful fall day in Boston, and the city was filled with book lovers of all ages, […]