Get Political Training in DC Area in March

Discouraged by the current direction of the country? Don’t give in to despair. Now’s the time for action, and the AFL-CIO is ready to train a new generation of political activists and public officials. The National AFL-CIO and two affiliates in Maryland/DC and Virginia will hold a one day “Path to Power” political candidate training […]

NWU at Women’s March on Washington

About 50 members of the National Writers Union and our friends and family rose before dawn on January 21. We put on our pussy hats—or reasonable facsimile thereof—and climb aboard a fleet of UAW buses that formed a caravan from New York City down to the Women’s March on Washington. We demonstrated in support of […]

GSU Infringes on Writers’ Copyrights

In a “friend of the court” brief filed earlier this month, the NWU joined a diverse coalition of writers and photographers to oppose the wholesale scanning of books and journals that are being used for university classes without payment to the original authors or publishers. Instead of having students buy the books for their classes, […]

Anti-Muslim Profiling Near Trump Tower

At the New York City Labor Day Parade on September 10, one of our members, Ekim Kilic, a young Turkish national, approached someone who appeared to him to be a Union Marshal, and asked where he could find the National Writers Union group. The person told Ekim that the UAW/NWU contingent had already passed. The […]

ELECTIONS: Neck and (Orange) Neck

The Presidential race is tightening. After more than a year of primaries, caucuses and conventions; after Bernie Sanders received over 13 million votes to end income inequality and crippling tuition debt; and after the sideshow of the Republican “debates,” where contestants were eliminated from the talent competition —before making it to the swimsuit round—it appears […]

After Cancer, Photographer is the Picture of Health

Sharon Geiselman’s powerful image of UAW members standing along a bridge (left) emerged as one of the most affecting photographs of the August 2016 LUCA Communications Conference in Black Lake, MI. “Our theme was ‘Building Bridges, Not Walls,’ and I thought: A bridge leads you somewhere, while a wall blocks the path,” says Geiselman, who […]

Polluted Flint Water Damaged Her Health

In 2014, Debra Ryan’s health faltered. Her speech began to slur, her hands shook, and her legs went out from under her at a moment’s notice. One day, she fell and broke her arm. After doctors ruled out a stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and genetics, Ryan got an ataxia diagnoses—a  Greek term that means without order […]

NWU, Allies Educate Copyright Office on E-books

In our latest formal submission to the US Copyright Office on August 18th, the NWU and two other writers’ organizations provided an overview of the “new normal”  for writers seeking to earn a living in the digital age. We also discussed how copyright policies designed for publisher-centric  business models and old media serve to deprive […]

Meeting with the U.S. Copyright Office

On July 28, representatives from National Writers Union (NWU), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) met with a six-person delegation from the US Copyright Office in their offices at their invitation. Our delegation consisted of Salley Shannon, past president of ASJA; Michael Capobianco, past […]

President’s Letter

UAW ENDORSES HRC United Auto Workers’ President Dennis Williams appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews May 25, announcing the union’s endorsement of Secretary Clinton for President. UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner’s statement on the endorsement is posted on the regional website and Facebook page. (NWU is UAW Local 1981) In recent months, our members have been fully engaged […]