Make the ‘Freelance Isn’t Free Law’ Work for You

Freelancers in New York City, or those who work for an NYC publisher, have a valuable new business resource: the Freelance Isn’t Free Law, which went into effect last May. The National Writers Union’s Grievance and Contract Division, under the direction of NYC member and national contract advisor Susan E. Davis, will work with NWU […]

Ramsey’s Latest Play Staged

NWU member Calvin Ramsey staged a reading of his latest play Damaged Virtues, November 28 at Harlem’s National Black Theater.  Based on a true story about J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century physician, the drama explored the doctor’s sadistic penchant for performing experimental gynecological surgery on enslaved women. Despite the pain and suffering he visited upon them, […]

Ebony Freelancers and NWU Get to Know Each Other

On November 1, lawyers for NWU and the Ebony Media Organization finally met in a Cook County courtroom. At issue is the $80,000 owed to the 48 freelancers who are being represented by their union. The following night, about a dozen Ebony freelancers and some NWU reps met and got to know each other at […]

Canada Lawsuit Could Affect You

Writers whose work might have been used by Canadian universities should be aware of a Monday, October 16, deadline. If you think you may be affected, that’s the date by which you would need to opt out if you’d prefer not to be included in a particular class of the suit. More background on the […]

Resolutions Passed at the NEB Meeting – September 16, 2017

For an E-Book Addendum to the Guide to Book Contracts Submitted by the Grievance and Contract Division Whereas, e-books today account for at least half the market for books sold in the U.S., and members need to have the latest information about them when negotiating contracts; Whereas, the section on e-books in The Guide to […]

Back at Work Tackling Cancer and Pollution in Concord, NH

The last two days I’ve been back in Concord, NH, doing the work I was elected to do and sitting in my chair in the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. As the gold-leaf State House Dome came into view while driving into Concord the last few days, my thoughts turned to the gratitude, […]

NWU Attends ‘Women, Genders, Sexualities’ Conference

Hofstra University welcomed the 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities in Long Island, NY, June 1-4. This year’s theme for the “Big Berks” was Difficult Conversations, and NWU members Rose Imperato and Brigid O’Farrell engaged in the discussions. They joined more than 1,500 historians, writers, teachers, artists, performers, and activists […]

NWU Member to be Library Hall of Famer

The Special Libraries Association will bestow its highest honor on NWU DC member Larry Guthrie for serving more than two decades as a law librarian; the organization will induct Guthrie into its hall of fame June 19 at its annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. “I was thrilled at the news and thought of the numerous inspiring librarians who encouraged me […]

George Fell Was a ‘Force of Nature’

We know the name of the man who threatens the future of the conserved and preserved natural lands in the United States, but few can name the man who launched the Nature Conservancy and sparked the entire Natural Areas Movement. Arthur Melville Pearson’s Force of Nature chronicles the life of George Fell. A complex and at […]

‘Grown-Up Anger’ Looks at Labor History

  Grown-up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre  of 1913 is an exciting romp through labor union history. The book, which will be released June 13, explores its subject through the lens of American music.   Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie’s protest and solidarity songs, and how they represent the […]