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Pay the 200 Former Black News Channel (BNC) Media Workers!

The National Writers Union stands in solidarity with the 200+ former Black News Channel (BNC) workers who were impacted by the company’s abrupt closure. On March 24, 2022, employees learned that the paychecks they were expecting would be delayed. On what should have been payday, March 25, 2022, BNC ceased operations two years after its […]

5 Points on BBC Strike in Turkey: How did journalists win?

Author: İlyas Coşkun, Occupational Rights Officer at Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) We had 15 days that were educational for everyone. We tested the strength of our unity with the cold weather. BBC employees on strike, Journalists’ Union of Turkey, those whose hearts and words are with us, visiting colleagues, everyone who objects to low […]

IFJ Calls on Unesco to Protect Journalists in Ukraine

27 February 2022 Since the outbreak of Russia’s armed conflict against Ukraine, the International Federation of Journalists has been in constant contact with its Ukrainian affiliates, NUJU and IMTUU, and has echoed warnings against journalists being seduced by disinformation. The IFJ and its affiliates around the world call on Unesco to do everything possible to […]

State Senator Andrew Gounardes, Assemblymember Harry Bronson Introduce ‘Freelance Isn’t Free’ Bill to Protect Freelancers Against Wage Theft Statewide 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tyler Adams, 917-597-4736, tyler@senatorgounardes.nyc To view the livestream of the press conference, click here Additional photos and videos available on request State Senator Andrew Gounardes, Assemblymember Harry Bronson Introduce ‘Freelance Isn’t Free’ Bill to Protect Freelancers Against Wage Theft Statewide One-Third of Americans Are Freelance or Contract Workers; S8369 Would Ensure […]

Freelance Isn’t Free Is Coming to New York State

The National Writers’ Union and the Freelance Solidarity Project (NWU’s Digital Media Division), are working to get a statewide version of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act passed in the New York State legislature this year. The bill, which is being co-sponsored by New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes (Democrat – District 22, in Brooklyn) and […]

Behind the Scenes with Playwright David Trujillo

NWU Member David Trujillo is on the eve of debuting his latest play, Legacy of a Garage Band. Here he talks about the story, themes and preparation to open his show in Long Beach, CA, mid-February. The deeper and more complex themes of my new play have to do with the opioid crisis and mental […]

FSP and WGAE Host Joint Event

Recently the Freelance Solidarity Project (FSP) hosted an organizer training facilitated by FSP member and former WGAE staff organizer Megan McRobert. We went through some basics of organizing—from labor history to how to have effective one-on-ones and the elements of a strong union campaign. To practice some of these new skills, we had breakout rooms […]

Antitrust, Copyright, and Media Workers’ Rights

The NWU recently submitted comments to separate inquires from the U.S. Copyright Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Our response highlights the need for a wholistic approach to the economic conditions and rights of workers who are not “employees.” A proposition like this needs to recognize the intersectionality of copyright, labor, and antitrust law […]