‘Freelance Isn’t Free’ Bill Introduced

NEW YORK — December 7, 2015 — About 80 freelancers gathered on the City Hall steps in support of a bill introduced in the New York City Council that would protect freelancers against non-payment. The #FreelanceIsn’tfree Act would penalize clients who refuse to pay freelancers within 30 days, and would subject them to double damages, […]

We Are One: Celebrating Workers Stories

Labor activists and leaders joined rank and file workers recently to celebrate the release of a beautiful book of photos and oral histories featuring American union members. Actor and activist Danny Glover; former UAW President Bob King, NYS Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon; UAW Division 9A Director Julie Kushner; and PSC/CUNY Welfare Fund’s Larry Morgan […]

Are Websites Stealing Your Work?

We keep hearing from people who see their articles or book chapters reprinted in blogs, or offered for sale on various websites, without their knowledge or consent. One member recently demanded payment from such a blog, and got it. But if that fails, you can have the work removed by invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act […]

Fight for $15 Protest

NEW YORK, November 10, 2015 – Tens of thousands of fast-food, airport, child-care, home- care and many more underpaid workers took to the streets in 500 cities across the country today, demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour. It’s estimated that there are 64 million workers making less than $15 an hour, including hundreds […]

TV Writers Rally, Unionize

At the latest rally in Manhattan for the unionized writers at Original Media, writers at a sister reality TV production company, Leftfield Entertainment, announced on October 13 that they voted to unionize by a 2-1 margin. Original Media, owned by international, multimillion dollar conglomerate Endemol Shine Group, produces shows such as Ink Master, Comic Book […]

No Rubber Stamp for Staples

Staples and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have set up postal counters in the chain’s big box stores, where Staples’ low-paid, minimally trained staff can ship consumer packages. Hundreds of downtown business centers, major malls, and uptown shopping districts now operate with Staples’ “approved shipper program,” a privatization plan that weakens public services and […]

NWU President’s Report * October 2015

2015 Delegate Assembly More than 50 members and guests attended the National Writers Union Delegate Assembly (DA) this summer in New York City. The delegates were selected from chapters around the country, and reflected a wealth of diversity in terms of age, race, and gender. We also welcomed new chapter chairs from New York; Washington, […]

NYC, Global Action Against Uber

September 16 was a Global Day of Action against Uber. The campaign included more than 200 New York cab drivers who showed up outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office, protesting a pending statewide plan to allow companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to use phone apps that dispatch an unlimited number of drivers directly to […]

A PENNY A BOOK?

Imagine our surprise when an NWU member reported that he had received a royalty statement from CreateSpace —Amazon’s self-publishing arm—which indicated that he was being paid a penny per book. A representative sent him a detailed explanation concluding, “Rest assured, you’ve received the royalties correctly and there is no discrepancy. . . I hope this […]

Problems with your book contract? You have options.

Many people have contacted us in the last few years about getting out of book contracts. Maybe they want to self-publish an e-book. Maybe the publisher isn’t promoting their book properly. Maybe their editor left and they’re unhappy with the new cast of characters. If you want out, the first step is to ask. If […]