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NWU VPs Testimony to the NY City Council

Mauricio Niebla Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about my experience as a freelancer.My name is Mauricio Niebla, I’m a writer, and as most writers, I am a freelancer. I have been a freelancer my entire professional life, for almost 30 years. I have been unpaid for jobs many times, but the most […]

NWU Statement on the Freelance Isn’t Free Act

The National Writers Union/ UAW Local 1981, supports the Freelancers Union’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act, and we urge the New York City Council to make it law. Our members, who are writers in all genres, in all media and on all platforms, are no strangers to nonpayment. We know how hard it can be to […]

Accountant Shares Tips at ‘Taxes for Writers’ Event

Therese Francis, PhD, an NWU member from New Mexico, led an informative and timely session, Taxes for Writers, on January 7 in San Francisco. NWU’s Northern California Chapter and the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room co-sponsored the workshop. A writer, publisher and accountant, Francis kicked off the current tax season with the lunchtime event […]

Reading and Feeding Writers

“You’re here to help get writers read, the NWU’s here to help get writers fed.”~ NWU member September Williams Hundreds of writers, editors, and publishers met in the city for the 13th annual San Francisco Writers Conference, February 11-15. New and established writers attended workshops with well-known authors, learned about publishing options, speed-dated with agents, […]

NY Chapter’s Lit Conference a Success

The National Writers Union’s Fifth Annual New York conference was a wonderful success.  In spite of frigid temperatures, the event was well attended and widely appreciated. “The content of the program and energy of the writers who attended bodes well for the future of the chapter and the union as a whole,” said NWU President Larry Goldbetter. The […]

Garrett Robinson is Back with More Performances of Letters to Zoey

After traveling to Boston, in January, to perform excerpts of his musical at the American Library Conference Mid-Winter Convention, Garrett Robinson is back in New York City with three more performances of Letters to Zoey in Midtown this March.  Check out a video clip:   John Chatterton is producing the performances in the Midtown International Theatre Festival – […]

Global Protests Against Trans Pacific Partnership

More than three-dozen activists gathered outside the New Zealand Consulate in Midtown Manhattan as part of worldwide protests February 4 following the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest trade agreement ever attempted. The treaty, negotiated in secret, gives multinational corporations the right to gut […]

Signatures Qualify Sanders for NY Ballot

A presidential candidate must have 5,000 signatures to qualify for the Democratic primary ballot in New York. Unpaid volunteers for Bernie Sanders in New York State collected 85,000 signatures. On the steps of New York City Hall, about 80 Sanders volunteers stood in drizzling rain February 3 to celebrate their achievement in front of 26 […]

HELP THOSE HURTING IN FLINT

An environmental crisis rages in Flint, Michigan. The buck stops with Governor Rick Snyder (R), who plunged the economically depressed city into a federal state of emergency after switching its water source from Lake Huron to the less expensive, but polluted Flint River. The city’s population is largely black and also poor, since the downsizing […]

TAKE AUTHORS SURVEY, BOOST NWU

What is the easiest way to support your union? Completing an Authors Coalition survey. Each response can generate the same income for the NWU as gaining one new member. In 2015, your participation helped us accrue nearly $160,000 in non-title specific royalty payments. This amount is directly linked to the number of completed surveys. However, […]