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NWU: All Writers. All Genres. All Media.


We are the Oregon Chapter of the National Writers Union (NWU)

Our Mission

The mission of the NWU is to promote and protect the rights, interests, and economic advancement of our members. The union represents the interests of the full range of writers and digital media workers in the United States, in all genres, media and formats, and at all levels of economic and commercial success.

Who We Represent

NWU represents academic writers, copywriters, book authors, technical writers, journalists, novelists, playwrights, self-published authors, translators and more. The union’s Freelance Solidarity Project represents illustrators, photographers, videographers, social media producers and creatives in any medium.

What We Do

The NWU supports member writers and digital media workers in a number of ways, including:

  • Providing press passes for freelance journalists and photographers
  • Contract and grievance help
  • Advocacy
  • Health insurance assistance
  • Defense of freedom of speech

The NWU also works to improve the rights of all writers and digital media workers in a number of ways, including:

  • Promotion of legislation to ensure freelancers receive contracts and timely payment for work performed
  • Defense of the rights of journalists throughout the world to safely carry out their work
  • Development of worker-responsive standards on the corporate use of artificial intelligence
  • Support for the efforts of writers and digital media workers in other unions to strengthen worker rights

NWU Oregon Chapter Leadership

Chair: Marty Hart-Landsberg
Treasurer: Lura Frazey
Secretary : Kacey Carpenter
Webmaster: Lura Frazey
Steering Committee member: Pat Riggs-Henson


Keep up with Oregon labor – visit our Oregon Labor Media and Resources page


National Writers Union (NWU)

NWU works 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. Learn more about the NWU at NWU.org.


NWU Releases Platform and Principles for Policy on Generative AI

by Alexis Gunderson, October 30, 2023

After many months spent organizing, strategizing, and working collectively towards a draft both ambitious in scope and reflective of our members’ wide-ranging experiences and perspectives, the NWU Generative AI Working Group has at last ratified our Platform and Principles for Policy on Generative AI. . . .

NWU’s Platform and Principles for Policy on Generative AI will serve as a resource to guide our organizing, activism, and advocacy and to inform NWU members, other creative workers, and allies about what generative AI is, how it is impacting us, and what we can do about it. Our platform builds on our lived experience with the growing impact of generative AI on our working lives and livelihoods, our fundamental principles as a labor union, our longstanding policy advocacy agenda, our history of engagement with Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office, our testimony at the Copyright Office “listening sessions” on generative AI earlier this year, and extensive dialogue with other creators and allies in the U.S. and around the world.

NWU members interested in joining the union’s work on this front, contact Alexis Gunderson or Rose Eveleth.