Freelance Isn’t Free Becomes Law in NYC

On May 15, freelance workers celebrated the launch of the new Freelance Isn’t Free law at the Westinghouse Building in Manhattan. The Freelancers Union, with the support of the National Writers Union, Make the Road NY, and other unions and freelance organizations, helped push the bill through the City Council to a 51-0 vote last […]

Why Defunding the NEA is Even Dumber Than You Think

It’s federal budget time and, as usual, the National Endowment for the Arts is under attack. Their heads filled with images of obscene art, effete gallery-goers and overtaxed single mothers, conservatives are gunning for the straight-out elimination of the 50 year old program. No money, no arts funding. Period. No matter that the $148 million […]

Do Writers Have “Moral Rights”?

The idea that writers have “moral” rights with respect to our written work may seem strange to those who think of copyright in purely propertarian terms. They might wonder: What does morality have to do with property ownership? But our writing is more than intellectual property, and our rights to our work are more than […]

April 13 Luncheon on Storytelling in the Trump Era

NWU member John Feffer will be the keynote speaker during a luncheon from 1 to 2 pm on Thursday, April 13, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club [WNDC] in Washington, DC. He’ll speak about “Telling Tales in the Time of Trump,” and tackle how storytelling is more important than ever in this era of so-called fake news and outlandish Presidential tweets. […]

UN Concerned About Trump’s Intimidation of Journalists

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has issued his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. In it he lays out a number of concerns about Donald Trump, including his intimidation of journalists and judges.: “…In the United States of America, I am concerned by the new Administration’s handling […]

When She Asked About Payment, Editor Cut Her Story

  Recently an email exchange between writer Brittany Stalsburg and an editor went viral in certain corners of the Twittersphere after she sought compensation for an editorial she’s written. We reached out to Brittany to learn more about her and the incident that had everyone on Twitter talking (once again) about how freelance writers are […]

Free Ahmet Sik and All Turkish Journalists Held in Jail

On February 3, NWU joined PEN America and the Indypendent at a press conference called by the Research Institute of Turkey (RIT), to demand the release of Ahmet Sik and all jailed Turkish journalists. Sik was arrested on December 30, 2016, and charged with spreading “terrorist propaganda” for a Tweet! He is among 144 journalists […]

GSU Infringes on Writers’ Copyrights

In a “friend of the court” brief filed earlier this month, the NWU joined a diverse coalition of writers and photographers to oppose the wholesale scanning of books and journals that are being used for university classes without payment to the original authors or publishers. Instead of having students buy the books for their classes, […]

2016 Year in Review

All in all, it was a very busy year at NWU and we’re better off for it. The elections aside, we still have many challenges ahead, the main one being how to grow, be more active, and better serve our members while, at the same time, cutting back on spending. This is a perpetual riddle […]

International Solidarity, International Advocacy

In addition  to our international connections through the UAW, the NWU is affiliated with three international organizations specifically related to our work as writers. In November, I traveled to Europe to meet with them, representing the NWU at meetings of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Authors Forum (IAF), and the International Federation […]