We have joined a dozen other NY press organizations in a coalition to monitor NYPD/Press Relations stemming from the arrests and mistreatment of journalists covering Occupy Wall Street. For more information about the New York Press Club Coalition for the First Amendment click here.
The National Writers Union has been asked by UNITEHERE! Local 11 President Tom Walsh to help encourage children’s book writers and illustrators to honor the union’s boycotts at Hyatt hotels. In particular, we urge the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to move their 2012 Summer Conference, scheduled for August 6-8, out of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Workers at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza have called for a boycott of all business since August 2010 for a safe and fair contract. They join workers at 16 other Hyatt hotels throughout North America in demanding that Hyatt change its safety record and allow workers to take on the company’s practices, wherever it is abusing workers. SCBWI continues to plan its conference in the Hyatt, in the face of repeated outreach to their board and staff. The Hyatt boycotts have been endorsed by the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, the LA County Federation of Labor, and Writers Guild of America-West (WGA-West).