This article is from the Natl Writers Union FAQ, by Vicki Richman email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
After challengers to the 2001 election for NWU president and
other officers charged improper use of union funds and
resources to support the slate headed by incumbent Jonathan
Tasini, who was re-elected, the Oversight Committee has
vacated the results of all contested elections and ordered
new ballots within 90 days. The Tasini team has vowed a
vigorous appeal, to the courts if necessary.
The 2001 Delegates Assembly voted to pay the elected
president a "part-time salary" of about $25,000 per year,
and to hire a full-time executive director, who reports to
the president and the National Executive Board, at about
$60,000 per year. Hence Question 2.5 is changed.
The text of the passed amendment to the By-Laws:
The number of NWU members is now about 7200.
In a lawsuit financed and primarily supported by the
National Writers Union, President Jonathan Tasini and six
other writers prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court in
gaining copyright protection for freelance articles archived
in profit-seeking databases. The answer to Question 2.4, on
putative blacklisting of NWU members, has been changed to
note the decision.
The number of locals is now nineteen, with the addition of
San Diego and Tucson, formerly At-Large sublocals.
Westchester(NY)/Fairfield(CT) has elected to remain separate
from the New York City local, while the Miami Area
Organizing Committee is no longer cited as a local. See the
updated Question 4.0 for the latest list of locals.
The NWU membership application is now excluded from the
FAQ. The citation of fees and request for financial data was
inconsistent with Usenet netiquette. Question 4.0 cites only
the professional data requested by the application and
advises readers how to get the application.