Yes, it's true. The WebWork development team (Jason and I) have been working with the Struts development team (Don Brown and Ted Husted) and have come to the conclusion that the best thing for Java community would be to merge WebWork in to Struts.
Read Ted's email here, but the gist of it is this: WebWork is a great technology, and Struts is a great community. It's a perfect match and bringing the two together will only be better for WebWork and Struts users alike. The only down side for me is that I'll be working less with OpenSymphony, but I believe that is a small price for all the great benefits that come from this merger.
Just to be clear, WebWork is not going away. WebWork 2.2 is still coming out any day now, and there may even be a WebWork 2.3. But new minor/major versions won't be coming out under the WebWork name for much longer. Instead, they will be released under the Struts incubator program with the intent to eventually become Struts Action Framework 2.0.
So don't worry, WebWork 2.1.8, 2.2.1, and other bug fix releases will continue to come out and we will support the WebWork community as long as needed. In addition, we'll make compatibility with both Struts and WebWork a high priority, so future releases may help with that. To be clear: no one is leaving WebWork and it will continue to be supported for a very long time.
With this renewed energy, larger development team, and larger community, the combined efforts of Struts and WebWork will surely make the Struts platform the easiest, fastest, and most powerful Java web framework available. We hope that all the WebWork users and developers are as excited about this as we are and are ready to take WebWork to the next level.