Some NWU Legislative Priorities for 2021

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) NWU has been part of a large coalition of mixed earners, those who have both 1099 and W-2 income. As many as one million workers with mixed incomes received artificially low unemployment benefits or none at all, in the first stimulus package. Arts and entertainment workers have been disproportionately impacted. This coalition was […]

The Capitol Riot

After the Presidential election last November, we ran a piece, “The War Is Not Over.” On January 6, a racist mob, urged on by Trump & Co., attacked the US Capitol building and assaulted media workers covering the riot. Journalists outside the Capitol were threatened and surrounded, equipment destroyed and stolen. “Murder the media” was […]

What’s Ahead in 2021 from the Copyright Office and Congress?

Writers can expect further gains in U.S. Copyright Office procedures in 2021, but we may have a fight ahead in Congress to block yet another attempt to effectively revoke copyright protection for so-called “orphan works,” including those central to some NWU members’ and other writers’ livelihoods.

Defector Announces Principles for Freelancers

The Freelance Solidarity Project is excited to present a unilateral announcement with Defector’s editorial collective, which outlines a set of shared principles for freelance digital media workers. The complete document can be reviewed on Defector’s website. The document makes transparent the standards that will create an equitable, professional relationship between all kinds of digital media […]

The Intercept Announces Principles for Freelancers

Over the past year, members of The Freelance Solidarity Project (NWU) and The Intercept have been collaborating to create a set of shared principles for freelance digital media workers.  Today, we are proud to present our unilateral announcement of those principles. The complete document can be reviewed on The Intercept’s website. They are designed to […]

NWU Fights Racist Attacks on NYC Homeless

New York – November 29: Today about 80 community residents and residents of the temporary homeless shelter at the Lucerne Hotel protested Mayor de Blasio’s plan to move the men to another hotel in the Wall St. financial district. We demanded that the 5,500 homeless people currently in unsafe congregate shelters be placed in the […]

NWU Is Seeking New Union Affiliation

Since the NWU’s decision to disaffiliate from the United Auto Workers last year, our executive committee has been working hard to find a new partner for our union as we move forward with our work to raise standards for freelance media workers. We have explored both affiliation with another large international union as well as […]

NWU Establishes BLM Committee

The Executive Board unanimously voted on November 21, 2020, to create a Black Lives Matter Committee. Demetria Wambia and AJ Springer will co-chair. The committee will actively seek to increase diversity within the Union (including leadership positions) and within industries that have historically not employed or retained a significant amount of Black talent, such as book […]

The War Is Not Over

(Report to the NWU Executive Board – November 21, 2020) When PA went to Biden on November 7, there was dancing in the streets. In NYC, we went out for dinner with friends to a little tapas place on 95th St., and every guest received a glass of champagne as they were seated at an […]