What the pandemic has confirmed about freelancing

When the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic in March, business people across various industries and full-time employees were a worried lot. Indeed, we saw furloughs, job losses, and income drops among many people. Even the almighty Bitcoin tanked! As expected, many people thought the freelance industry will also follow the downward spiral. And while…

How freelancers are making commercial photography safer by joining together

This post was written by Galadriel Masterson and Kelley Quan, co-administrators of Think Tank, a group for freelancers in the commercial photography industry. Working with Freelancers Union, the members of Think Tank worked together to develop a safety protocol for workers in their industry, from hair and makeup to tech and props, and distribute it…

Black freelancers face discrimination on online hiring platforms

When I first started writing freelance, I asked a friend of mine for advice on which online marketplaces I should use, and how I should present myself. After giving me loads of helpful advice (thanks, Jock!), my white, male friend speculated that I — as a woman of color — “would be a hit.” I…

What Saturday’s executive order could mean for freelancers

On Saturday, August 8, President Trump signed an executive order and several memoranda to extend enhanced unemployment benefits, defer federal student loan payments through the end of the year, extend student loan interest forgiveness, defer payroll taxes, and decrease evictions. The actions are likely to face legal challenges before they can be enacted, however, as…

The Senate’s new relief package proposal is a failure for workers

On Monday, after weeks of delay, the Senate released its next proposed stimulus package: The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act. The $1 trillion package is the Senate’s response to the House’s proposed HEROES Act, which passed in mid-May. After a week of Senate infighting after their return from vacation, this proposed…

Need a lawyer in NYC? We’ve got your back.

When you’re running a freelance business, chances are you’ll need a lawyer in your corner from time to time. Whether it’s a client who just won’t pay or a contract negotiation gone wrong, there are some problems you can’t solve on your own. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Brooklyn Legal…

Celebrating Juneteenth

Today, the staff of Freelancers Union is not working in observance of Juneteenth. The holiday marks the date in 1865 when enslaved Black people in Texas were informed of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been enacted two and a half years earlier. It celebrates the de facto end of agrarian slavery in the United…

New York congressional candidates joined us for a forum on freelance issues

On Monday, June 15, the Democratic primary candidates for New York’s 12th Congressional District (which covers much of the East Side of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, Western Queens, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg) joined Freelancers Union President Rafael Espinal for a virtual forum on the issues at stake in this year’s election. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Peter Harrison, Suraj…

Standing in solidarity

Freelancers Union stands in solidarity with those fighting against racism, police brutality, and the historical oppression of the Black community. The actions of protesters across the country reflect the pain and anger that so many in our community are feeling. We hear you and we grieve with you over the acts of senseless violence against…

Need help with your unemployment insurance claim? Here’s what to do.

By now, it’s no secret that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) systems across the country are not working. On May Day, we published the results of our latest survey, in which a shocking 84% of Freelancers Union members who had applied for government assistance had not yet received a single dollar. Four weeks later, things have…