Healthy Workplace Bill supporters testify before Massachusetts legislative committee

Massachusetts supporters of the Healthy Workplace Bill (Senate No. 699, Sen. Joan Menard, sponsor) testified in favor of the legislation before members of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development today.

This included a panel assembled by the Service Employees Union International/National Association of Government Employees (SEIU/NAGE), whose work has been central in getting the bill introduced and slated for a hearing.  Special thanks go to Greg Sorozan and Jim Redmond of SEIU/NAGE, to Deb Falzoi for her assistance with communications and organizing, and to the courageous individuals who provided oral and written testimony to the Committee.

We have a way to go before the Healthy Workplace Bill becomes law, but this was an important step for the Massachusetts advocacy effort.  I’m glad that we could contribute to the national movement to make legal protections against workplace bullying a reality.

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Here’s a link to the briefing paper I submitted as part of my testimony: http://suffolk.academia.edu/DavidYamada/Papers/140218/Briefing-Paper-in-Support-of-Senate-No–699

6 responses

  1. Pingback: Workplace bullying and school bullying: Ties and parallels « Minding the Workplace

  2. I AM A VICTIM OF WORKPLACE BULLYING I BECAME AWARE OF THIS EPIDEMIC ONLY AFTER RESEARCHING THE EXPERIENCES I WAS HAVING ON THE JOB. I THINK THE KEY TO GETTING THIS BILL PASSED IS PUBLICITY, VICTIMS SIMPLY DO NOT KNOW THAT THERE IS A NAME FOR THE HORRIFIC BEHAVIOR. I HAVE BEEN WRITING THE LEGISLATURES IN SOUTH CAROLINA CONCERNING BULLYING AND MOBBING AND I NEED HELP IN BRINGING AWARENESS TO THIS PROBLEM. IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HELP IN THIS CAMPAIGN PLEASE POST.

  3. I have been a victim of workplace bullying in several jobs, including my present one. I am pleased to see that there is work being done on this issue in the Massachusetts Legislature. Although I missed the hearing on January 27, 2010, I plan to keep posted on any future ones and will speak up in support of making employers liable when they hire people who try to cover up their lack of people and management skills by bullying their subordinates.

  4. I was bullied by an old boss, and ironically she was in charge of “Manager Services” which explained to other managers and outside companies how to manage employees. I couldn’t believe she knew anything about how to manage employees, she was a cruel beast of a human being. She took great pleasure in berating me, especially so in front of others, as a show of her power over me I presume, to show how cruel she could be and still get away with it. I did everything she asked of me to the letter, and then some, but it was never right and never enough, as with any abuser.

  5. What about this idea for bullying: Those who bully definately enjoy their horrific, terrorizing behavior upon others. Merely carry one of those concealed miniturized camera/voice recorders on your lapel or piece of clothing and RECORD every one of their actions and put it on the web. Search Engines will reveal their dispicable behavior. Don’t make any personal comments; just simply identify their name, location, and other personal info and put them next to a side-by-side of a recording of what they said. Also, once they physically threaten you, I think that’s a police matter. Then just leave the situation and essentially you made a case terms of changing to another location or school or job. Such a change would be understandable and perhaps even highly valued because the victim took proactive steps to attempt to resolve the situation, recording it all on video / audio with now millions of viewers to be the judge. Its better than a young student killing themselves over.

  6. Pingback: Massachusetts workplace bullying legislation: Looking ahead « Minding the Workplace

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