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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NWU-NY Co-Chair Raymond Nat Turner Day in Berkeley, CA

Tuesday February 25 was proclaimed “Raymond Nat Turner Day” in Berkeley. Never in my wildest imagination had I dreamed of having a day in my honor. Had I bothered dreaming, the Peoples’ Republic of Berkeley—which has  paid holidays commemorating Malcolm X and Indigenous Peoples Day as well as MLK—would certainly have been the setting. The […]

Close the Camps!

New York, NY February 16 – NWU members joined around 500 activists in a march organized by Close the Camps to the New York Time Square headquarters of Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters, a media conglomerate has lucrative contracts with the government to provide immigrant-tracking data that directly empowers U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) […]

NWU Open Mic Ends 2019 with KA-BOOM!

The NWU Open Mic at the Manhattan-based Muhlenberg New York Public Library ended 2019 with a resounding KA-BOOM! Over 30 writers, poets, rappers, singers, and instrumentalists enjoyed hot coffee, creamy pastries, and warm camaraderie. The NWU has continuously run this monthly open mic at the NYPL since 2013. As NY Steering Committee member and national trustee, I currently […]

What Writers Should Know About AB5

On January 22, NWU and the Authors Guild held a panel on “What Writers Should Know About AB5 and Similar Laws to End Misclassification.” The speakers were Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger, Staff Attorney of the Employment Unit of the Legal Aid Society, Richard Blum, and NWU President Larry Goldbetter. You can see the […]

Report from the National Executive Board – December 7, 2019

The NWU National Executive Board met on Saturday, December 7 via web conference. We were glad to welcome to new At Large members to the Board, Sandra Campbell (TX) and Susan Smith (NC) plus a revived Twin Cities chapter (Rob Orr) and a new chapter in Pittsburgh (Stephen Fisher). Financial Secretary/Treasurer Mitzi Timan reported that […]