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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 […]

Meet the FSP 2022 Organizing Committee

Starting in December 2021, the Freelance Solidarity Project (the Digital Media Division of NWU) has a new organizing committee. Congratulations to the eight members who were elected by the membership! The committee is listed below and will hold their positions for a one-year term. They will work on making FSP an even stronger, more inclusive, […]

Afghan Women Need Your Help

On November 17, the Women’s Committee and International Committee of NWU held an online screening of Afghan Women: A History of Struggle. As the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last summer, more than 140 media outlets closed or were forcibly turned over to Taliban control. Many staff have fled. The director of the Afghanistan media and information center was […]

The 2021 NWU Delegate Assembly

The 2021 NWU Delegate Assembly (DA) was held online, October 21-23. It was our first DA since leaving the UAW, and coming out of the COVID lockdown. Despite the tremendous hardships faced by freelancers (and all workers) during the pandemic, including loss of work and little if any aid coming from the CARES Act, our […]

Grievance and Contract Committee Report to the Delegate Assembly 

October 22, 2021  Report of National Grievance and Contract Officer Paul J. MacArthur and  Grievance and Contract Committee Coordinator Barbara Mende  January 1 – September 30, 2021  Contract advisements  We advised members on 41 contracts from January – September this year. Perhaps because of the influx of Freelance Solidarity Project members, more of them were related […]

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 […]

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 Support Striking Warrior Met Coal Miners

New York, November 4: NWU NY members marched together with striking Alabama miners to support them in their struggle against the BlackRock company. Hundreds of workers were present at 5th Ave & 52nd St. The miners were inspired by the support of New York workers. Workers who talked to our members emphasized the importance of […]

New York Chapter Report to the 2021 Delegate Assembly

Current Number of Members: 358 Local Labor Movement Observations Although one can see that people are exhausted due to the pandemic, economic uncertainties and constant feelings of insecurity about their futures, whoever spoke during our recent membership meetings gave very concrete examples for action. The George Floyd protests electrified working class people to act for […]