National Writers Union (NWU) Recruitment Is Not Seasonal!

Membership campaigns require inspiring creatives with relational concerns and creating avenues for possible solutions. Reasons to join provide ways to decipher, analyze and share others experience, insight and motivation. Engagement ultimately depends upon the energy you are willing to extend towards a cause, an idea, and shared interests. The NWU website delineates our mission and […]

New York City Sues French Fashion Media Company L’Officiel USA for Failing to Pay NYC Freelancers

December 1, 2021 NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the City ’s Law Department and the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) have filed a lawsuit against L ’Officiel USA, the American subsidiary of the French-owned global media company that operates several print and digital magazines about fashion, beauty, music, film, literature, […]

DA Resolutions Opposing Police Unions and Welcoming All Media Workers

The 2021 Delegate Assembly passed the following resolutions. RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE PRESENCE OF POLICE IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT WHEREAS the institution of American policing allows officers to engage in violence, terrorism, and racism with impunity, and WHEREAS the police serve primarily to uphold the interests of capital, property owners, and racial hierarchies, and WHEREAS the […]

Meet the FSP 2022 Organizing Committee

Starting in December 2021, the Freelance Solidarity Project (the Digital Media Division of NWU) has a new organizing committee. Congratulations to the eight members who were elected by the membership! The committee is listed below and will hold their positions for a one-year term. They will work on making FSP an even stronger, more inclusive, […]

The 2021 NWU Delegate Assembly

The 2021 NWU Delegate Assembly (DA) was held online, October 21-23. It was our first DA since leaving the UAW, and coming out of the COVID lockdown. Despite the tremendous hardships faced by freelancers (and all workers) during the pandemic, including loss of work and little if any aid coming from the CARES Act, our […]

Grievance and Contract Committee Report to the Delegate Assembly 

October 22, 2021  Report of National Grievance and Contract Officer Paul J. MacArthur and  Grievance and Contract Committee Coordinator Barbara Mende  January 1 – September 30, 2021  Contract advisements  We advised members on 41 contracts from January – September this year. Perhaps because of the influx of Freelance Solidarity Project members, more of them were related […]

New York Chapter Report to the 2021 Delegate Assembly

Current Number of Members: 358 Local Labor Movement Observations Although one can see that people are exhausted due to the pandemic, economic uncertainties and constant feelings of insecurity about their futures, whoever spoke during our recent membership meetings gave very concrete examples for action. The George Floyd protests electrified working class people to act for […]

Boston – New England Chapter Report to the 2021 Delegate Assembly

The Chapter offers Writers’ Meet-ups monthly and since covid – continues on a Zoom platform.  It is a popular forum for writers to connect, talk about projects and share events around Greater Boston. A Steering Committee member welcomes and moderates these meetings; Barbara Beckwith, welcomed members prior to Covid for many years. Most recently, an […]

SoCal Chapter Report to the 2021 Delegate Assembly

Our chapter has grown; even if slowly.  After NWU elections in spring of 2021 we took on the challenge to build a working group/activist type.  We needed a type of buy in so that people felt they were a bigger part of the union than just a member.  Because at the national level we only […]

Picketing Against Proposed School on Questionable Land

In the city of Cudahy, California—in southeast L.A. County—members of the SoCal Chapter of the National Writers Union joined picketing parents, students, residents, teachers, union leaders and activists. The group stood on a public sidewalk near a large empty lot that is said to be contaminated land. The protestors are concerned that the site will […]