Join the National Writers Union

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From the National Writers Union website:

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

Now, 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.

Monday Readings

The National Writers Union will be hosting a reading and open mic on Monday, August 15, starting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held both in person and on Zoom. (For Zoom link, email

The main part of the program will be a forum on podcasting: what podcasts are, technical help with setting one up and general advice on how to earn an audience.

Speakers will be:

Ted Prezelski: Ted is a member of the National Writers Union, Tucson Chapter as well as a member of the national executive committee. He hosts Words and Work, a podcast interview series with writers and labor leaders on Downtown Radio (KTDT) that is also available as a podcast.

Patrick Robles: Patrick hosts Robles Speaks, a podcast “for people who want to know what's going on in the world and how young folx are reacting.” Patrick was recently elected student body president at the University of Arizona.

Harold Philips: Harold is a SAG-AFTRA member from the Portland, Ore. area who hosts Working to Live in Southwest Washington for the Southwest Washington Labor Council. He also helps maintain the Labor Radio/Podcast Network, an online resource for labor-oriented podcasts.

The open mic is for spoken word only but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.).

The meeting will be held at the Pima Area Labor Federation Office at 5630 E Pima St. in Tucson, which is a block east of Craycroft Road (Pima is between Grant and Speedway). It is on the south side of the street and ample parking is available both behind the building and on its east side. There is also limited parking directly in front of the building.

Friday Morning Breakfasts

NWU Tucson Friday morning breakfasts will be on hiatus until further notice. Check back for dates. They take place at 9:00 a.m. at Laverna's Coffee Shop. The address is 220 S. Plumer, which is one block south of Broadway, on the west side of Plumer.

Steering Committee
Our elected Steering Committee members are Co-Chairs Keith Bagwell and Barbara Wright; Secretary Alice Whittenburg; and Events Coordinator Greg Evans. The Steering Committee usually meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact us at to confirm the date and location of the next meeting.