Post 5 in my Professional Authors Associations Series. Click here to read post 1.
The National Writers Union: www.nwu.org
The National Writers Union is a trade union of freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media who work for American publishers or employers. A local of the United Auto Workers, it bills itself as an activist organization committed to improving the economic and working conditions of freelance writers through the collective strength of 1,500 members in 15 local chapters throughout the country. It offers grievance assistance, industry campaigns, contract advice, a jobs hotline, health and professional liability insurance plans, member education, and networking. The NWU aims to challenge corporate media against unfair treatment of writers, lobbies Congress to pass legislation that protects the rights of writers, creates viable solutions to provide publishers fair alternatives to unfair practices, and educates and empowers its members.
This information has been adapted from the 4th edition of The Writer’s Legal Guide by Kay Murray and myself.