Labor Wins at Labor Notes 2024

This year’s Labor Notes Conference was held in Rosemont, Illinois, a village-sized expanse of concrete, hotels, and parking lots on the edge of Chicago that has been run as a one-party state since its incorporation in 1956. Alongside 4,500 other union members, activists, and workers, nearly twenty of us from the National Writers Union descended […]

NWU Report Details Retaliation Against Western Media Workers Speaking Out on Gaza War

As the world recognized Press Freedom Day on May 3, Palestinian journalists continued to be incarcerated, injured, and killed in record numbers by the Israeli military. Western media workers, meanwhile, face retaliation and obstruction for seeking to elevate Palestinian voices or simply expressing concern about the media’s lopsided coverage of the Israel-Gaza war. Some are even being pepper-sprayed, detained, […]

Deadline to File Claim Against L’Officiel is Dec. 7

Have you freelanced for L’Officiel? Were you, like dozens of other freelancers, not paid what you are owed? You may be eligible for double damages! Last July, following advocacy by FSP-NWU and our coalition partners, the City of New York announced that they settled a lawsuit brought against L’Officiel USA, the American subsidiary of a […]

Senator Scott Wiener announces CA Senate Bill 988, the Freelance Worker Protection Act

Senator Wiener Introduces Bill to Expand Freelance Worker Protections SACRAMENTO – January 31, 2024 — Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 988 (SB 988), the Freelance Worker Protection Act. SB 988 provides basic protections — enforced by the State Labor Commissioner and the Attorney General — for freelance workers, including the right […]

Imparcialidad Periodística en el Conflicto Palestino-Israelí

Desde los injustificables ataques de Hamás contra civiles israelíes, el ejército israelí ha matado a más de mil cuatrocientas personas en Gaza, donde además ha cortado los alimentos, el agua y la electricidad a más de dos millones de personas. En el momento de escribir este artículo, se está efectuando una limpieza étnica masiva. Israel […]

NWU Stands with WGA/SAG-AFTRA!

The National Writers Union stands in solidarity with the workers of SAG-AFTRA and the WGA. Central to the strike is the industry’s use of AI, for which SAG-AFTRA is demanding “informed consent and fair compensation”. As a union of multidisciplinary writers and media workers, we’re acutely aware of the way creative labor is devalued and […]

NWU Testifies at Hearing on Generative AI

The NWU was invited to testify at the first of a series of listening sessions on the implications of generative artificial intelligence on April 19, 2023. This wass the first step in a lengthy public consultation process by the U.S. Copyright Office, which is hosting these events. The April 19 session focused on “literary works,” […]

Freelance Isn’t Free Passes in L.A.

The Los Angeles City Council has passed a city-wide version of Freelance Isn’t Free, which will enact some much-needed basic protections for freelancers in the city. The city’s iteration of the law is comparatively limited, applying only to freelancers who live in the city of Los Angeles proper. However, we are confident that the LA Freelance Isn’t Free […]

Lobby Day in Albany

Four NWU-FSP members joined the Fund Excluded Workers Coalition on a lobby day trip to Albany in late January. As part of the coalition, we are advocating for New York to enact the Unemployment Bridge Program, a permanent $500 million fund that will provide the equivalent of unemployment insurance to workers excluded from traditional unemployment, […]

Freelance Isn’t Free Slowly Moves Forward

After the New York state legislature passed Freelance Isn’t Free in June, elected officials nationwide—and NWU’s legislative work—took a summer break. Now, heading into fall and 2023, we have several legislative campaigns going across the country, and plenty of opportunities to get involved. In New York, we’re still waiting for Governor Kathy Hochul to sign […]