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, […]

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 […]

Rittenhouse Acquitted – Toni Morrison Banned

On November 19, a Wisconsin jury found 18-year-old racist vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges involving the murder of two unarmed protesters and the wounding of a third. Rittenhouse illegally crossed state lines with an AR-15 rifle he was too young to possess, to “protect” an empty used car lot that he had […]

California Dreamin: SB 98 and Freelancer Protections

California Senate Bill 98 heated up as we entered the summer months. The author of the legislation, state Senator Mike McGuire, intended to grant access to the media to protests and other such actions despite pushback from law enforcement. The bill is meant to provide unfettered access without police authorization because many times it is […]

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 […]

Poison Pill Threatens Good Legislation

At least 322 journalists have been assaulted, 122 have been arrested or detained and more than 980 have reported press freedoms violations since the beginning of the year, according to the US Press Freedom Tracker. First Amendment Groups and Journalists in California were encouraged when state Senator Mike McGuire reintroduced SB 98 last year following […]

Some NWU Legislative Priorities for 2021

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) NWU has been part of a large coalition of mixed earners, those who have both 1099 and W-2 income. As many as one million workers with mixed incomes received artificially low unemployment benefits or none at all, in the first stimulus package. Arts and entertainment workers have been disproportionately impacted. This coalition was […]

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, […]