NWU Welcomes Guangzhou Cultural Delegation to NYC

On November 17, NWU hosted six members from a Guangzhou Chinese Cultural Delegation in New York City.  The delegation included Wu Dongsheng, Liu Shengqing and Li Xueli from the Guangzhou Federataion of Literary and Art Circles, Goa Heping from the Federation of Trade Unions of Guangzhou, Fang Tu, Dean of the Guangzhou Art Academy and […]

Fellowships for DC Area Arts Writers

DC area arts writers, listen up: Day Eight, a non-profit committed to empowering people to participate in the arts, is providing an opportunity to help you get your career off the ground through a fellowship. The DC Arts Writing Fellowship, which is now accepting applications, is an effort to cultivate arts writers early in their […]

Brothers of Another Union

Yusef Salaam, Co-Chairman of the NYC Steering Committee of the  National Writers Union, and Andy Schwartz, Recording Vice President  of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, pose for a meet and greet photo at the November 2nd Jewish Labor Committee’s 2017 Human Rights Award Dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.   Dennis Williams, […]

Rally to Support Writers Fired at DNAinfo and Gothamist

NEW YORK, NY (November 6, 2017) – “We come not to mourn, but to organize.” That’s how Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) Executive Director, Lowell Peterson kicked off today’s rally in support of DNAinfo and Gothamist writers who were fired after voting to join the union. Right-wing billionaire-owner Joe Ricketts announced that he was shutting down […]

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 […]