NWU at the Maine AFL-CIO COPE Convention

The Maine AFL-CIO held its biannual Committee on Political Education Convention, June 27-28, 2024, in Auburn, Maine. The convention was attended by delegates and guests from 42 affiliates (union locals and CLCs), representing over 16,000 union members across the state. Lorri Nandrea (NWU-Boston Chapter) attended as a delegate from the Western Maine Labor Council.   The convention […]

Labor Wins at Labor Notes 2024

This year’s Labor Notes Conference was held in Rosemont, Illinois, a village-sized expanse of concrete, hotels, and parking lots on the edge of Chicago that has been run as a one-party state since its incorporation in 1956. Alongside 4,500 other union members, activists, and workers, nearly twenty of us from the National Writers Union descended […]

The State of Our Union

State of the Union: NWU is doing well, with many weaknesses and limited capacity. As of this writing we have just over 1,000 current members, which fluctuates up to 1200. We are holding our own, numbers wise, but we are growing stronger internally, which is the key, and the prerequisite for growing. Today, the union […]

Senator Scott Wiener announces CA Senate Bill 988, the Freelance Worker Protection Act

Senator Wiener Introduces Bill to Expand Freelance Worker Protections SACRAMENTO – January 31, 2024 — Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 988 (SB 988), the Freelance Worker Protection Act. SB 988 provides basic protections — enforced by the State Labor Commissioner and the Attorney General — for freelance workers, including the right […]

Imparcialidad Periodística en el Conflicto Palestino-Israelí

Desde los injustificables ataques de Hamás contra civiles israelíes, el ejército israelí ha matado a más de mil cuatrocientas personas en Gaza, donde además ha cortado los alimentos, el agua y la electricidad a más de dos millones de personas. En el momento de escribir este artículo, se está efectuando una limpieza étnica masiva. Israel […]

NWU Stands with WGA/SAG-AFTRA!

The National Writers Union stands in solidarity with the workers of SAG-AFTRA and the WGA. Central to the strike is the industry’s use of AI, for which SAG-AFTRA is demanding “informed consent and fair compensation”. As a union of multidisciplinary writers and media workers, we’re acutely aware of the way creative labor is devalued and […]

Lobby Day in Albany

Four NWU-FSP members joined the Fund Excluded Workers Coalition on a lobby day trip to Albany in late January. As part of the coalition, we are advocating for New York to enact the Unemployment Bridge Program, a permanent $500 million fund that will provide the equivalent of unemployment insurance to workers excluded from traditional unemployment, […]

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 […]

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 […]