Ebony Freelancers and NWU Get to Know Each Other

On November 1, lawyers for NWU and the Ebony Media Organization finally met in a Cook County courtroom. At issue is the $80,000 owed to the 48 freelancers who are being represented by their union. The following night, about a dozen Ebony freelancers and some NWU reps met and got to know each other at […]

Workplace Safety in a Hotter Climate

Smoke from Canadian wildfires choked the air in Whatcom County on July 31, the day Honesto Silva Ibarra collapsed at a Bellingham clinic after working in the blueberry fields at Sarbanand Farms in Sumas. A week later, he died at Harborview Medical Center. In the middle of a heat wave, a supervisor allegedly ignored his […]

Learn Your Rights Under the Freelance Isn’t Free Law

  Did you know that under the new Freelance Isn’t Free Law, a deadbeat client could be forced to pay double damages and legal costs for stiffing a freelance writer? NWU played a big role in helping to pass the law, making New York City the first in the country to make stiffing freelancers a […]

Writer Alert—UPTOWN Magazine—October 18 2017

UPTOWN Magazine–a national publication with regional editions in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. –has not been paying all of its freelance writers. Some writers remain unpaid since October, 2014. Together five writers, now represented by the National Writers Union, are owed $18,825 for work published by UPTOWN over the past three years. The NWU has tried repeatedly […]

NYC Chapter Resumes Monthly Series Oct. 11

The NY Chapter has resumed its monthly speaker programs, where writers can learn about the business side of writing. We will cover topics such as social media platforms for marketing, identifying and expressing your brand, writing  kick-ass query letters and getting an agent/editor, creating a winning press packet, writing in multiple genres on multiple platforms, […]

Canada Lawsuit Could Affect You

Writers whose work might have been used by Canadian universities should be aware of a Monday, October 16, deadline. If you think you may be affected, that’s the date by which you would need to opt out if you’d prefer not to be included in a particular class of the suit. More background on the […]

Important Veterans’ Health Care Event on Thursday, Oct. 5

Union members across the country are pushing for better health care. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration is looking to privatize the Veterans Health Administration. What would that look like? What are alternative options? The American Federation of Government Employees, an AFL-CIO affiliate like the National Writers Union, is hosting a lunch time briefing on Capital Hill […]

NYC Labor Day Events

THE PARADE On September 9, UAW locals in the New York area responded to the racist terror that took place in Charlottesville the previous month. While we didn’t expect to see any Nazis that day, we did march past Trump Tower, home to the #1 white supremacist in the country, behind a huge banner that […]

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 […]

Empowering Women At Work

Inspired by last winter’s Women’s March, which mobilized millions, United Auto Workers (UAW) Vice President Cindy Estrada told over 300 sisters, and some brothers, that they would acquire tools to empower women within their locals during the 41st International United Auto Workers (UAW) Women’s Conference August 6-11 in Black Lake, Michigan.         […]