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National Writers' Union Records
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This collection contains correspondence; memorandums; reports; notes; meeting minutes; resolutions; newsletters; budget and financial information; and other documents from the National Writers Union (NWU).
The National Writers Union (NWU) was founded on November 19, 1981 after a meeting of two conferences of freelance writers organized by "The Nation" magazine in 1980- one in New York and the other in San Francisco. According to NWU's mission statement "The purpose of the NWU, Local 1981 shall be to promote and protect the rights, interests, and economic advancement of members; to organize writers to improve professional working conditions through collective bargaining action; and to provide professional services to members. The NWU, Local 1981 commits itself to representing the interests of the full range of writers in the US. in all genres, media and formats. These include writers of diverse cultures, ethnicities, politics, religions and racial identities; writers of all ages and all sexual/gender orientations; writers with disabilities; and writers at all levels of economic and commercial success." ("Mission", NWU) As of 2020, NWU has 13 local chapters; and three genre-based divisions- book, journalism, and BizTech as well as a grievance and contract division (GCD). There are approximately 1,300 members of the NWU who are journalists, book authors, technical and business writers, poets, playwrights, editors, fiction writers, and other mediums. Since 1992, NWU has been affiliated with the United Automobile Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). Along with members, the NWU has three other organizational structures that govern and carry out the work of the organization:
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