Graduated Payment Campaign

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on our livelihoods, the Freelance Solidarity Project is calling on all print and digital publications to adopt a graduated payment schedule and rapid-reimbursement policy for freelance work in progress since January 1, 2020. If a submission was assigned, filed, edited, or otherwise considered “in progress” this calendar year, […]

Prop 22: Contractor or Employee?

Defining who is an employee and who is an independent contractor is a critical labor topic being addressed by Congress, the Trump administration, the courts, and state legislatures. It has particular relevance for writers of all types.  In California, the National Writers Union has supported AB 5 and AB 2257 and now opposes Proposition 22 […]

Reboot book sales with a webinar

After “attending” something called the Movement Makes Five Day Challenge online, I was inspired by host Pedro Adeo to create my own “challenge” and maybe generate some book sales. My idea was to make the first one free: the Building Union 3-Day Challenge to follow up with the Unrig the System Five-Day Seminar for $27 […]

Coronavirus Relief for Writers

Every working person has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. As freelance writers and authors, we’ve seen gigs fall through, projects put on hold, and book tours canceled as the world does all it can to stop the spread. If we fall ill, we have no employee benefits to help us cover that lost […]

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) […]

Sign the Petition to Save Mumia’s Eyesight

Recently the National Writers Union learned of a petition to save journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal’s vision. In 1982, he was sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering a white policeman in Philadelphia. Circumstances surrounding his trial, however, cast serious doubt on the veracity of the proceedings. Over his decades in prison, his health has deteriorated. Recently, Abu-Jamal was diagnosed with glaucoma, […]

Reception for the NWUSO Legal Action Fund

In 2018, the National Writers Union collected more than $200,000 for almost 150 unpaid freelancers by waging Group Non-Payment Grievances. Most of these were settled directly and with the assistance of the UAW Legal Department , some had to go to court. All of the unpaid freelancers were paid 100% of what they were owed. […]

Reception for the NWUSO Legal Action Fund

In 2018, the National Writers Union collected more than $200,000 for almost 150 unpaid freelancers by waging Group Non-Payment Grievances. Most of these were settled directly by the union. And some, with the assistance of the UAW Legal Department, had to go to court. All of the unpaid freelancers were paid 100% of what they […]

Arizona Labor Packs a Punch

In the run up to the 2018 election, an office in the back of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall in Tucson served as cramped headquarters for a new kind of labor campaign. A hand-made poster on the wall compare the two most recent Arizona District 2 Congressional members’ lifetime legislative scores showed why […]

George Lakey on the Plus Side of a Polarized Society

NWU member George Lakey spoke recently about how the Scandinavian countries went from a deeply polarized region in the 1920s and 30s, with Nazis and Bolsheviks fighting each other, to the most economically equal region with the highest productivity and most generous benefits in the world. Lakey, a recently retired professor at Swarthmore (PA) College, […]