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, […]

NWU Joins International Press Organizations Charging Israel with War Crimes

On May 27, the national officers, chapter chairs and delegates of the National Writers Union completed voting unanimously to join the case filed by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) with the International Criminal Court (ICC) charging Israel with war crimes for targeting journalists. We call all US press […]

New York May Day 2022: Workers took the lead

New York City has always been called a union town. This year, May Day was owned by workers and the oppressed than in previous years. As we talked with attendees to May Day events, they have two main talking points; the inter-imperialist war in Ukraine and the working class organizing wave in the USA. Anger […]

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 […]

Freelance Isn’t Free Is Coming to New York State

The National Writers’ Union and the Freelance Solidarity Project (NWU’s Digital Media Division), are working to get a statewide version of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act passed in the New York State legislature this year. The bill, which is being co-sponsored by New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes (Democrat – District 22, in Brooklyn) and […]

FSP and WGAE Host Joint Event

Recently the Freelance Solidarity Project (FSP) hosted an organizer training facilitated by FSP member and former WGAE staff organizer Megan McRobert. We went through some basics of organizing—from labor history to how to have effective one-on-ones and the elements of a strong union campaign. To practice some of these new skills, we had breakout rooms […]

New York City Sues French Fashion Media Company L’Officiel USA for Failing to Pay NYC Freelancers

December 1, 2021 NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the City ’s Law Department and the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) have filed a lawsuit against L ’Officiel USA, the American subsidiary of the French-owned global media company that operates several print and digital magazines about fashion, beauty, music, film, literature, […]

Freelancers Back First Union in Gaming History 

In mid-October, workers at Paizo Inc. announced their intention to form a union. After resisting for little more than a week, the Redmond, Washington-based company relented. The union at Paizo is being touted as the first in the gaming industry.  Paizo publishes the very popular fantasy game Pathfinder, along with role-playing game (RPG) magazines and […]