National Writers Union

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The National Writers Union UAW Local 1981 is the only labor union that represents freelance writers.


craftsNow, more than ever, with the consolidation of power into the hands of ever-larger corporate entities and with the advent of technologies that facilitate the exploitation of a writer’s work, writers need an organization with the clout and know-how to protect our interests. One that will forge new rules for a new era.

Combining the strength of more than 1,200 members in our 13 chapters with the support of the United Automobile Workers, the NWU works to advance the economic and working conditions of all writers. Our members also directly benefit from the many valuable services the Union offers—including grievance assistance, contract advice, and much more—while actively contributing to a growing movement of professional freelancers who have banded together to assert their collective power.

You don’t have to be Stephen King or a New York Times-published correspondent to belong to the Union – you merely have to write. This is why the At-Large message is if you write, you’re in!