Growing Coalition of Writers Renews Call for Reform of Copyright Registration

Back in January of 2017, the National Writers Union was joined by three other national organizations of writers in a variety of genres, media, and formats –– the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and Horror Writers Association (HWA) — in a formal Petition for Rulemaking asking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nuestros hermanos en Puerto Rico

Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters Los trabajadores y estudiantes, jóvenes y ancianos en Puerto Rico se enfrentan a horribles condiciones como resultado del huracán María. Millones de personas están sin hogar, sin electricidad, comida o agua. Hay una grave escasez de combustible y apenas hay servicio de telefonía celular. Gran parte del país es incomunicado porque los […]

NWU y The Nation firman acuerdo de protección de escritores independientes

  NUEVA YORK, NY (12 de septiembre de 2017) – El Sindicato Nacional de Escritores NWU (UAW Local 1981) anunció hoy que ha llegado a un acuerdo con la publicación The Nation para suscribir un contrato que protege a los freelancers que colaboran en la recita tanto en la versión impreso como en la digital. […]

NWU and The Nation Sign Freelance Agreement

NEW YORK, NY (September 12, 2017) – The National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981) announced today that they have reached an agreement with The Nation over a contract that covers freelancers for the publication’s print magazine and website. The contract is one of the first of its kind for freelance digital writers, who have so […]

El fin de DACA

No es que nos sorprenda la resolución de la casa blanca de cancelar el programa DACA. Lo temíamos pero lo estábamos esperando. Esta cruel medida afecta profundamente a más de ochocientas mil personas. Personas jóvenes, trabajadoras que estudian y se preparan para tener un futuro mejor. Personas que buscan salir de la misma situación que […]