WHY THIS YEAR’S LABOR DAY MARCH MATTERS

It’s no secret, the billionaire class and their political allies have organized labor in their gun sights. They have been outsourcing jobs, busting unions, building fear of immigrants and disenfranchising millions of voters at the polls, especially voters of color and students. This is why we need to show solidarity at the Labor Day Parade. […]

Beware of Lone Wolves

When members come to us with grievances for nonpayment against reputable publishers or corporate clients, we can usually help them get their money. Yet more and more of our grievances are against lone wolves: scam artists who hide, change identities, or just plain ignore writers’ claims. A lot of them run blogs, which they start […]

The Art of the Ask: Get Your Book Sponsored

I’ve had a lot of success in gaining local and national sponsorship for my books, which has allowed me to sell thousands of books, while also—and this is my favorite part—raising thousands of dollars for charities close to my heart.  As a writer and a person with a huge heart for service, I could not […]

Keeping Tabs on Who Pays Writers

If you’re a freelance journalist, particularly one who writes for the web a lot, then chances are you’ve heard of Who Pays Writers? If you haven’t, let me catch you up.  Who Pays Writers? was started in 2012 as a Tumblr blog, where writers were invited to anonymously post rates they were paid by various […]

DC Chapter Retreat gets Writers on the Same Page

1 2 3 4 DC Chapter Retreat Wordsmiths in and around Washington, DC came together April 9 to discuss new ways to connect and organize around the issues that matter to writers: copyright, freelance pay rates, and fair contracts. Twenty-four people attended the conference, hosted by the National Writers Union, DC Chapter, and came from […]

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GCD

The Grievance and Contract Division’s semi-annual report for the second half of 2015 has just been posted here. We hope you’ll take the time to peruse it. The GCD is made up of about twenty volunteers at any given time. A lot of people think that all we do is collect money for writers who […]

Tax Tips for Writers

NWU member and tax accountant Therese Francis spoke at a recent NorCal event. These are points she covered in her talk on taxes for writers: Think like a business, look like a business, be seen as a business and, most of all, take advantage of tax laws for businesses. The IRS recognizes two types of […]

“Freelance Isn’t Free” Advances in the NY City Council

New York City – February 29: “The company closed, the owners took the furniture and equipment out of the office and disappeared. There was no bankruptcy, no one was notified—they simply closed…Freelancers got nothing! The total loss to 40 workers exceeds $300,000. I was owed more than $20,000.” That was a part of NWU VP […]

NWU VPs Testimony to the NY City Council

Mauricio Niebla Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about my experience as a freelancer.My name is Mauricio Niebla, I’m a writer, and as most writers, I am a freelancer. I have been a freelancer my entire professional life, for almost 30 years. I have been unpaid for jobs many times, but the most […]

NWU Statement on the Freelance Isn’t Free Act

The National Writers Union/ UAW Local 1981, supports the Freelancers Union’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act, and we urge the New York City Council to make it law. Our members, who are writers in all genres, in all media and on all platforms, are no strangers to nonpayment. We know how hard it can be to […]