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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 […]

TUNE-IN TUESDAYS: Helpful Navigation for Authors

NWU Book Division online programs Hi! Dan McCrory (Book Division Chair) and Tim Sheard here. We have heard you and we are responding to requests to deal with issues that authors face. Since early January, we’ve been tackle issues with guest experts. Invite your writer friends – union or not – to sit in. The […]

National Writers Union (NWU) Recruitment Is Not Seasonal!

Membership campaigns require inspiring creatives with relational concerns and creating avenues for possible solutions. Reasons to join provide ways to decipher, analyze and share others experience, insight and motivation. Engagement ultimately depends upon the energy you are willing to extend towards a cause, an idea, and shared interests. The NWU website delineates our mission and […]

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 […]