Advocacy

Join 32BJ in fighting the deportation of Juan Vivares

This is a post contributed by our allies at 32BJ SEIU. Join us in supporting 32BJ's efforts to stop the deportation of Juan Vivares, husband of 32BJ union member Yahaira…


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Enter to win $250 - take our survey on freelance health care issues

What are the challenges you face as a freelancer? Complete our Annual Independent Worker Survey to help us advocate for better solutions for you. This year, our focus is on…


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What freelancers need to know about the proposed health care law

On Monday, March 6, House Republicans released a legislation proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. For freelancers purchasing coverage on the individual market, changes to the healthcare system are…


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Why intersectionality matters for freelancers

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the lessons that I have learned as a freelancer in her 40s. The blog was my attempt to encourage others to…


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Licensing and ownership: How do you protect your work?

It's been a week since we launched The Freelance Contract and already we've received tons of feedback from members across the country. With such a wide variety of freelancers working…


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Protect your work with our new contract builder

A contract is the foundation of a good working relationship. However, too often freelancers work without one. Working without a clear agreement can lead to issues down the road including…


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Wolf in sheep's clothing: National Right to Work legislation threatens unions

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." - Matthew, 7:15 Do you live in a “Right to Work” state?…


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6 journalists, 2 freelancers, arrested at inauguration protests

Among those detained were 6 journalists – including freelancers Aaron Cantu and Matt Hopard.


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How political activism cultivates hope and initiates change

500,000 people arrived in Washington D.C. to march on January 21. Across the world, hundreds of others Women’s Marches were planned in solidarity. Regardless of where one…


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Calling NYC lawyers: Can you help us build a legal referral service?

We want to talk to lawyers in the NYC area about a legal referral service for freelancers. Specifically, we want to help freelancers with nonpayment claims when the Freelance Isn't…


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Uncovering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s lost Labor legacy

This past week has been a time of reflection and service. Like many Americans, I paused to think about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I…


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Do unions need to evolve to survive the next 4 years?

Since the 1980's, private sector unions have been on a steep decline: For every private-sector union member, there are five more workers who have no legal right to representation. In…


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Freelancing and the next 4 years

Freelancing under the Trump presidency may mean more opportunities, but fewer protections. In his Fast Company article, freelance journalist Jared Lindzon cites the possibility that conservative policies favoring lower taxes,…


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Looking back on 2016, an historical year for freelancers

2016 has been an historical year for the freelance workforce. In the city of New York, we came together to pass landmark legislation to help freelancers get paid on time…


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Freelancers Union and New York Federal Reserve hold special convening on the Evolution of Work

On Thursday, November 17, Freelancers Union, in partnership with the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors and the NY Fed, launched Evolution of Work—a special gathering of business and…


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Getty Images/iStock to slash freelance royalties by up to 93%

Getty Images has announced a huge reduction in the royalties it will pay to thousands of freelance photographers and illustrators. In an email to its freelance contributors, Getty announced that…


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Hack the Union talks the passage of Freelance Isn't Free

Last Friday, November 11, Freelancers Union's Director of Member Engagement, Caitlin Pearce spoke with Future of Work Campaigns Director for the National Guestworkers Alliance, Kati Sipp, about the unanimous passage…


Creativity Advocacy

What does it mean to be a creative freelancer in post-election America?

“Art is the chalice into which we pour the wine of transcendence.” -Stanley Kunitz


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Mayor de Blasio signs Freelance Isn't Free Act into Law

Yesterday, November 16, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City signed the Freelance Isn't Free Act into law. This starts the clock on a 180 day countdown until…