Chicago, IL – July 21: Today, about 20 freelance media workers gathered for a happy hour to learn more about the Freelance Isn’t Free law. This was the first in-person event hosted in Chicago by the Freelance Solidarity Project (FSP), the Digital Media division of NWU. Writers, editors, critics, fact-checkers, data reporters and production assistants […]
We stand in solidarity with Kurdish journalists in the face of recent attacks from Erdogan regime
The National Writers Union condemns the recent arrests of 16 journalists by Turkish authorities. We are closely watching the situation as the Erdoğan government is attacking journalists, academics, political organizers and all the social opposition to keep its power. We are particularly aware that the Kurdish people face constant oppression, mass arrest, closure of their […]
Freelance Isn’t Free is Coming to LA!
Los Angeles, June 28 – Yesterday the City Council Committee on Economic Development and Jobs voted unanimously to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance to make Freelance Isn’t Free the law in LA. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2023, giving the City time to fund staff and enforcement mechanisms, and will coincide with […]
We Won! Freelance Isn’t Free Passes in NYS!
On Friday, June 3, the “Freelance Isn’t Free” bill sponsored by Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Harry Bronson passed both the Senate and the Assembly. The bill will move to the Governor’s desk, where it will await her signature to be signed into New York State law. Thousands of freelancers—both those living in New York, […]
NWU Joins International Press Organizations Charging Israel with War Crimes
On May 27, the national officers, chapter chairs and delegates of the National Writers Union completed voting unanimously to join the case filed by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) with the International Criminal Court (ICC) charging Israel with war crimes for targeting journalists. We call all US press […]
Survey Shows that 62% of NY Freelancers Experience Non-Payment – Need Freelance Isn’t Free Law Statewide
For Immediate Release Sixty-Two Percent of NY Freelance Workers Report Never Being Paid for Work Performed Says New Survey Survey also found that nearly 40 percent of freelancers have had difficulty paying rent or other bills due to nonpayment for services rendered New York (May 11, 2022): A survey by the Authors Guild, Freelancers Union, […]
New York May Day 2022: Workers took the lead
New York City has always been called a union town. This year, May Day was owned by workers and the oppressed than in previous years. As we talked with attendees to May Day events, they have two main talking points; the inter-imperialist war in Ukraine and the working class organizing wave in the USA. Anger […]
Freelance Isn’t Free Is Coming to New York State
The National Writers’ Union and the Freelance Solidarity Project (NWU’s Digital Media Division), are working to get a statewide version of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act passed in the New York State legislature this year. The bill, which is being co-sponsored by New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes (Democrat – District 22, in Brooklyn) and […]
FSP and WGAE Host Joint Event
Recently the Freelance Solidarity Project (FSP) hosted an organizer training facilitated by FSP member and former WGAE staff organizer Megan McRobert. We went through some basics of organizing—from labor history to how to have effective one-on-ones and the elements of a strong union campaign. To practice some of these new skills, we had breakout rooms […]
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 […]
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