Prop 22: Contractor or Employee?

Defining who is an employee and who is an independent contractor is a critical labor topic being addressed by Congress, the Trump administration, the courts, and state legislatures. It has particular relevance for writers of all types.  In California, the National Writers Union has supported AB 5 and AB 2257 and now opposes Proposition 22 […]

Free Julian Assange!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London. He has been behind bars in a British prison in the east of London since April 2019, and was initially held in solitary confinement. Assange is a member of the IFJ Australian affiliate MEAA and holds an IFJ press card. He is being charged […]

Journalists Are Not Police Informants!

On July 24, a Seattle judge ruled that journalists from The Seattle Times and four cable news outlets must turn over previously unreleased photos and videos to the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The police are demanding 90 minutes’ worth of material gathered from a protest on May 30, following the racist police murders of George […]

Updates on Non-Payment Grievances

Consumers Digest: On June 2, a judge finally granted our Motion for Default Judgment after Consumers Digest failed to obtain new counsel to Appear on its behalf.  This case has dragged on for almost two years as deadbeat publisher Randy Weber seeks to avoid paying our 17 freelancers the $65,000 he owes them. Another hearing […]

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Trump, Covid, Poverty and Racist Terror

The cold-blooded racist murders of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging near Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor while asleep in her bed in Louisville, KY, and George Floyd while in police custody and handcuffed in Minneapolis, MN, have set off a firestorm across the US and around the world. The fearless unity of people across race, age, gender, […]

Publishers Sue the Internet Archive for Scanning Books

On June 1, four major US commercial publishers sued the Internet Archive for “willful mass infringement” of copyrights by scanning books and distributing copies on the OpenLibrary.org and Archive.org websites, without any permission from, or payment to, the publishers or authors of the works included in those books.

NWU y UAW: La misma lucha, 2 caminos distintos

(Este anuncio se envía simultáneamente a los miembros de NWU y a todas las Sindicatos asociados de la Región 9A de UAW). El 30 de abril de 2020, el presidente del Sindicato Nacional de Escritores UAW Local 1981 (NWU), Larry Goldbetter, en nombre del consejo Ejecutivo de la NWU y sus miembros, solicitó al consejo […]

Coronavirus Relief for Writers

Every working person has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. As freelance writers and authors, we’ve seen gigs fall through, projects put on hold, and book tours canceled as the world does all it can to stop the spread. If we fall ill, we have no employee benefits to help us cover that lost […]

CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Freelancers

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) is an  act that makes independent contractors/self-employed individuals eligible for up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits under some circumstances, through December 31, 2020. The PUA program will be in effect as of January 27, 2020, and workers will be eligible for retroactive benefits. Eligibility for Benefits […]