Worse Case Scenario: An Election Story

Like Charles Dickens with his Pickwick Papers novel, I have been publishing my work in progress, Worst Case Scenario: Election Night 2020, in serial form on a website.  The president was impressed with the smooth transition America was making to this new form of government. He knew with a cold certainty that the Democrats had […]

Prop 22: Contractor or Employee?

Defining who is an employee and who is an independent contractor is a critical labor topic being addressed by Congress, the Trump administration, the courts, and state legislatures. It has particular relevance for writers of all types.  In California, the National Writers Union has supported AB 5 and AB 2257 and now opposes Proposition 22 […]

Reboot book sales with a webinar

After “attending” something called the Movement Makes Five Day Challenge online, I was inspired by host Pedro Adeo to create my own “challenge” and maybe generate some book sales. My idea was to make the first one free: the Building Union 3-Day Challenge to follow up with the Unrig the System Five-Day Seminar for $27 […]

SoCal Member Meet Up

For our last meeting of the decade, Dec. 1, SoCal NWU featured presentations by members James Smith and Dan McCrory, who recently published books.  SoCal chair Ismael Parra welcomed a hardy crowd of a dozen members to the CWA #9003 in Burbank, CA, Dan’s former union hall. Ismael invited everyone to enjoy a scrumptious lunch, introduced […]

So Cal Labor Day Rally for Bernie

Thousands of union workers and community folk marched in the streets and had a picnic celebration at Banning park in Wilmington, a city at the port of Los Angeles. They were out to celebrate Labor Day. Labor, the moving force of all societies, was truly out on this sunny day as union members from all […]

Conference Seeks to Bolster Global Worker Rights

The International Labor Organization (ILO) renewed a Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work on June 21 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Conference, where the organization adopted a new international Convention against violence and harassment at work, while vowing to hold governments accountable for violations. Sharan Burrow, general […]

SoCal’s Ismael Parra Takes Play to Chicago

“Many May Not Return,” an anti-war play, will open late June in Chicago at the Prop Theater. Ismael Parra, NWU Southern California chair and music coordinator for the production,  and director David Reyes discussed the fun and challenges of taking your show on the road. David: How is the play coming along in Chicago? Ismael: Good, advance […]

Reception for the NWUSO Legal Action Fund

In 2018, the National Writers Union collected more than $200,000 for almost 150 unpaid freelancers by waging Group Non-Payment Grievances. Most of these were settled directly and with the assistance of the UAW Legal Department , some had to go to court. All of the unpaid freelancers were paid 100% of what they were owed. […]

The Coolest Person at the Writers Conference

At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Portland, OR, the final week of March, I did the usual: attend workshops and hit the parties. But it was the unusual that resonated: A chat with writer Jennifer F. Steil at the Authors Guild gathering. She told me about serving as a newspaper editor in […]

Postcard From Morocco

Morocco will dispel many stereotypes about this country. Though 97% Muslim, burkas are in relatively short supply. Western clothes proliferate, especially in the large cities. The landscape is surprisingly green except for the Sahara desert in the south. From the cities teeming with shopkeepers and laborers to the fields and villages where men gather to watch […]