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Why We’re Backing AB-5

NWU supports the passage of Assembly Bill-5 (Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors). AB-5 is legislation in California designed to end employee misclassification and to bring the protection of state and federal labor law to the millions of workers who are currently deprived of it. AB-5 will require multi-billion dollar corporations to respect those labor […]

So Cal Labor Day Rally for Bernie

Thousands of union workers and community folk marched in the streets and had a picnic celebration at Banning park in Wilmington, a city at the port of Los Angeles. They were out to celebrate Labor Day. Labor, the moving force of all societies, was truly out on this sunny day as union members from all […]

Minnesota Nurses hold Informational Picket

“I keep a close watch on this heart of mine I keep my eyes wide open all the time I keep the ends out for the tie that binds Because you’re mine, I walk the line” –Johnny Cash. Hundreds of nurses organized an informational picket the week of August 19, calling for fair wages and […]

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, […]

Frederick Douglass’ Alternative to the 4th of July

On Wednesday July 3rd a standing room only crowd packed NWU’s meeting hall for UpSurge!NYC’s Second Annual Alternative 4th of July Celebration. Raymond Nat Turner, Artistic Director/ Founder of the JazzPoetry Ensemble, UpSurge!NYC opened the evening by pointing out the hypocrisy of celebrating July 4 as a national day of independence and political freedom in […]

A Novel Discussion in D.C.

NWU members and authors Bill Fletcher Jr. and Tim Sheard enjoyed a provocative discussion July 16 about storytelling and social justice at the Busboys & Poets Takoma bookshop in the Washington D.C. area. Moderator Kurt Stand asked Fletcher, who is the author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky, and Sheard, who wrote One Foot in […]

Our Future to Write and Own

My favorite old union song has always been “Solidarity Forever.” It never fails to inspire and remind me of the power that working people have when they come together to rewrite the rules of our broken economy. This lyric, from Ralph Chaplin’s original, I find particularly moving: All the world that’s owned by idle drones […]

Minnesota Gets Tough on Wage Theft

It is frightening to imagine showing up for work, shift after shift, for a paycheck that may or may not materialize until days or weeks after it has been promised. How difficult it must be to repeat that promise to a daycare provider while dropping off a child on the way to work, standing in […]

Why I Joined NWU After Retirement

I’m a union member. It’s hard for me to describe how empowering those words feel after a 35-year career without the safety net of union membership. But as a writer, let me see if I can tell you my story in 550 words or less. When I took a $13,000/year job as a reporter in […]