Solidarity Greetings from Amin Yousuf, Secretary General PFUJ

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) sends greetings to NWU on your 2015 Delegate Assembly. The PFUJ represents over 10,000 journalists working the length and breadth of Pakistan. Despite working in one of the most dangerous regions in the world, PFUJ continues to struggle for the rights and welfare of our members, for the public’s […]

International Greetings to the NWU Delegate Assembly (Pt.I)

The NWU Delegate Assembly was held in New York City, August 6-8. This is Part I of the International Greetings we received from our colleagues around the world! GREETINGS FROM MALAYSIA The National Union of Malaysia sends warm greetings to the delegates of the NWU on this important event. We hope that all decisions and […]

President’s Letter

The NWU Delegate Assembly will convene from August 7-9 in New York City, where roughly 50 delegates, chapter and division chairs, along with national officers, will chart the course for the union going forward. The DA is the highest governing body of our union, and it’s charged with addressing the major issues we face in […]

Netroots Nation

Over nearly a decade, Netroots Nation has grown to become a powerful force in promoting the Democratic Party. It serves as a platform for community activists, labor organizations, and even presidential candidates. With a reputation for compelling content and boisterous voices, Netroots 2015 descended on the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona’s capital city last month, […]

Building Your Author Platform

People often talk about building a platform as a writer, but what does that really mean. It’s about three things: Establishing and maintaining your authority over your subject matter Finding and growing an audience for your work Making a big enough splash that editors and agents come knocking Building awareness beyond the people you already […]

NWU, Authors Guild Fight for E-Book Rates

On June 17, the Authors Guild (AG) announced a campaign in a press release titled “The Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative: A Preview,” in which it advocated that book authors should receive royalties for e-books at the rate of half of net proceeds. On July 9 it detailed its reasons for doing so in a […]

Notes on the Harlem Book Fair

African voices can be muffled by white supremacy and racism, but poets and writers who are invested in self-determination will find a way to get their words out. Panelists who participated in the National Writers Union discussion, “Silencing Black Writers in the USA,” shared these and other perspectives at the Harlem Book Fair in late […]

Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing (ECL)

July 22, 2015 — What’s happening with “orphan works”? What is “Extended Collective Licensing” (ECL)? Why should NWU members and other writers care? These issues are complicated, but important for working writers. Many NWU members are only beginning to understand what is meant by so-called “orphan works”, and most writers have never heard of “Extended […]

Independent Contractor or Employee?: US Dept of Labor Stiffens Criteria

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) is stiffening the criteria by which it determines whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee. The DOL’s rules control whether you qualify for a few things—minimum wage, overtime, hours worked, child labor, and time and payroll records. Employees do, contractors don’t.  Other agencies control other financial aspects […]