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 […]

Freelancers Back First Union in Gaming History 

In mid-October, workers at Paizo Inc. announced their intention to form a union. After resisting for little more than a week, the Redmond, Washington-based company relented. The union at Paizo is being touted as the first in the gaming industry.  Paizo publishes the very popular fantasy game Pathfinder, along with role-playing game (RPG) magazines and […]

NWU Is Seeking New Union Affiliation

Since the NWU’s decision to disaffiliate from the United Auto Workers last year, our executive committee has been working hard to find a new partner for our union as we move forward with our work to raise standards for freelance media workers. We have explored both affiliation with another large international union as well as […]

NWU Attends Union Conference in Las Vegas

As members of UAW Local 1981, we’re well aware that our union is composed of more than just autoworkers. This fact was brought into sharp relief in January at the UAW’s 2019 TOP, Competitive Shop/IPS, and Gaming Departments Conference in Las Vegas. The event brought together locals representing just about every industry outside of the […]

NWU Reaches Final Settlement Agreement with Ebony

CHICAGO, IL – The National Writers Union has reached a final settlement agreement with the Ebony Media Organization and CVG Group LLC (which acquired Ebony magazine in 2016), over the magazine’s failure to pay freelance writers, editors and designers for contracted and published work. This settlement covers 45 freelancers who are collectively owed $80,000 by […]

Brothers of Another Union

Yusef Salaam, Co-Chairman of the NYC Steering Committee of the  National Writers Union, and Andy Schwartz, Recording Vice President  of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, pose for a meet and greet photo at the November 2nd Jewish Labor Committee’s 2017 Human Rights Award Dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.   Dennis Williams, […]

NWU and UAW Respond to Charlottesville at Trump Tower

New York, September 9 – The Labor Parade in NYC is always held the Saturday after Labor Day, and all of the UAW locals in the NY area took it as our opportunity to respond to the racist terror that took place in Charlottesville the month before. While we didn’t expect to see any Nazis […]