Grievance and Contract Report to 2018 DA

A fond farewell to Amy Rose We are sad to report that Amy Rose, our National Grievance Officer since 2005, has resigned. We will miss her dedication, competence, leadership, and wisdom; and we wish her the best in future ventures. Amy was not only an effective grievance officer herself, but also an outstanding mentor to […]

2nd VP Report to the 2018 Delegate Assembly

Living on the other side of the country from NWU headquarters, I have sometimes felt out of the loop with regard to NYC cultural activities, events, in-house meetings and opportunities. So as the editor of newsletter and website, I enjoy the opportunity to reach out to members around the country and get them to contribute […]

RESOLUTION ON FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND AVID SERVICES AND RETIREMENT RESOURCES

WHEREAS, half of all working Americans (55 Million) don’t have access to an employer sponsored retirement savings plan; WHEREAS, 80% of those with employee retirement savings do save, though inadequately for retirement, only 8 % of people whose employers offer no retirement savings do in fact save; WHEREAS, 1 in 3 American’s retiring from full […]

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

WHEREAS the desperate needs of the poor in the U.S. have gone unsatisfied. WHEREAS the cost of housing, food,clothing and other basic essentials have continued to rise. WHEREAS  government cutbacks by the Trump administration has further humiliated and exacerbated the living conditions of the poor. WHEREAS the current administration continues it policy of wasteful military […]

RESOLUTION TO END WORLDWIDE DISCRIMINATION AND ABUSE AGAINST WOMEN JOURNALISTS

RESOLUTION: Passed Unanimously NWU Delegate Assembly, August 12, 2018 Global Call for Action to End Worldwide Discrimination and Abuse Against Women Journalists WHEREAS, gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent and tolerated human rights violations in the world; WHEREAS, the AFL-CIO is part of the International Confederation of Trades Unions Campaign to Stop Gender-Based […]

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR FREEDOM FOR MANUEL DURAN

WHEREAS the National Writers Union is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and supporting writers and freedom of expression AND WHEREAS the National Writers Union needs to raise awareness regarding the current immigration state of affairs and attacks against immigrants by the current administration, AND WHEREAS the National Writers Union represents immigrant […]

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF RYAN GOLDBERG

WHEREAS NWU member and award winning freelance journalist Ryan Goldberg is currently being sued for defamation by the subject of an investigative story he wrote for Deadspin in 2016, whose parent company Gawker had previously filed for bankruptcy and sold to Univision after losing a lawsuit backed by the billionaire Peter Thiel and WHEREAS that […]

1st VP’s 2018 Report

Ten years ago the world of the freelance writer was different than it is today. The internet had already taken off and transformed the way the world consumed media, and much of the damage to the careers of freelance writers was already done. But even over the last decade, we’ve seen those standards fall even further, with little […]

President’s Report to the 2018 Delegate Assembly

Membership As of this writing, we have 1038 members, more or less where we have been for some time. One interesting aspect of our union, which accepts everyone who applies, that we hundreds of new members join every year, and when things don’t work out for whatever reason, hundreds leave as well. There is tremendous […]

Report to the NWU Delegate Assembly on International Activities, 2015-2018

The market for writing is global, as is the need for solidarity of working writers. Writers from around the world compete for jobs and freelance assignments with publishers around the world. We market and distribute our writing to, and earn revenues from, readers around the world, indirectly (through publishers and licensing agreements) and directly (as self-publishers, especially in […]