All About the Writers Strike: What Does the WGA Want and Why Are They Fighting So Hard for it? (explainer by NWU Freelance Solidarity Project member Eric Thurm)
Freelance Isn’t Free Passes in L.A.
The Los Angeles City Council has passed a city-wide version of Freelance Isn’t Free, which will enact some much-needed basic protections for freelancers in the city. The city’s iteration of the law is comparatively limited, applying only to freelancers who live in the city of Los Angeles proper. However, we are confident that the LA Freelance Isn’t Free […]
Writers and “Generative AI”
How will “generative artificial intelligence” affect writers and other media workers? To ask the question in this way almost seems to imply that we are passive objects of forces unleashed by venture capitalists and Internet platforms. But as a union, we don’t accept a role of passive victimhood. Our goal is to use the power […]
Freelance Isn’t Free Slowly Moves Forward
After the New York state legislature passed Freelance Isn’t Free in June, elected officials nationwide—and NWU’s legislative work—took a summer break. Now, heading into fall and 2023, we have several legislative campaigns going across the country, and plenty of opportunities to get involved. In New York, we’re still waiting for Governor Kathy Hochul to sign […]
The Nation and the National Writers Union Reach an Agreement
This article first appeared in The Nation (September 6, 2022) The challenges freelance journalists face are no secret: payments delayed for months (sometimes failing to arrive at all), editors ghosting, while long and often uncompensated hours and isolation are all part of the job. Freelancers also pay for their own work expenses and health care […]
Media Workers Plan “Freelance Isn’t Free” Campaign for IL
Chicago, IL – July 21: Today, about 20 freelance media workers gathered for a happy hour to learn more about the Freelance Isn’t Free law. This was the first in-person event hosted in Chicago by the Freelance Solidarity Project (FSP), the Digital Media division of NWU. Writers, editors, critics, fact-checkers, data reporters and production assistants […]
Freelance Isn’t Free is Coming to LA!
Los Angeles, June 28 – Yesterday the City Council Committee on Economic Development and Jobs voted unanimously to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance to make Freelance Isn’t Free the law in LA. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2023, giving the City time to fund staff and enforcement mechanisms, and will coincide with […]
We Won! Freelance Isn’t Free Passes in NYS!
On Friday, June 3, the “Freelance Isn’t Free” bill sponsored by Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Harry Bronson passed both the Senate and the Assembly. The bill will move to the Governor’s desk, where it will await her signature to be signed into New York State law. Thousands of freelancers—both those living in New York, […]
Survey Shows that 62% of NY Freelancers Experience Non-Payment – Need Freelance Isn’t Free Law Statewide
For Immediate Release Sixty-Two Percent of NY Freelance Workers Report Never Being Paid for Work Performed Says New Survey Survey also found that nearly 40 percent of freelancers have had difficulty paying rent or other bills due to nonpayment for services rendered New York (May 11, 2022): A survey by the Authors Guild, Freelancers Union, […]
Pay the 200 Former Black News Channel (BNC) Media Workers!
The National Writers Union stands in solidarity with the 200+ former Black News Channel (BNC) workers who were impacted by the company’s abrupt closure. On March 24, 2022, employees learned that the paychecks they were expecting would be delayed. On what should have been payday, March 25, 2022, BNC ceased operations two years after its […]
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