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 […]

NWU RESONATES with Audio Freelancers

In early November, member-organizers Olivia Aylmer, Jordan Mays, Alexis Gunderson, and Rider Alsop spread the word about organizing in audio while tabling at the second-annual RESONATE Podcast Festival in Richmond, Virginia. Hundreds of audio workers, from industry newcomers to seasoned producers, convened at the Institute for Contemporary Art to build community, share knowledge, and celebrate the audio craft. In a year […]

NWU Releases Platform and Principles for Policy on Generative AI

After many months spent organizing, strategizing, and working collectively towards a draft both ambitious in scope and reflective of our members’ wide-ranging experiences and perspectives, the NWU Generative AI Working Group has at last ratified our Platform and Principles for Policy on Generative AI. (The final vote was 95.8% in favor, 4.2% opposed. No abstentions.) […]

Imparcialidad Periodística en el Conflicto Palestino-Israelí

Desde los injustificables ataques de Hamás contra civiles israelíes, el ejército israelí ha matado a más de mil cuatrocientas personas en Gaza, donde además ha cortado los alimentos, el agua y la electricidad a más de dos millones de personas. En el momento de escribir este artículo, se está efectuando una limpieza étnica masiva. Israel […]

AI Grief

An AI detector program called Originality.ai has brought my writing career to a heartbreaking standstill. For an undisclosed reason, all of my fully human writing flags a 60-95% probability of AI authoring. My client trusted this score over me, a tenured writer with proof of authorship. When I reached out to Originality.ai, their only proposed […]

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 […]