Sometimes it’s the little victories that keep you going.
Almost a year ago, a union member for a public library asked me for suggested contract language to cover workplace bullying and abusive supervision. I sent her the draft that I’ve circulated to other union activists who have contacted me.
Out of the blue, she recently e-mailed me to say that some of the suggested contract language had been incorporated into their employee handbook and that an individual who had engaged in workplace bullying was eased out of his position. She added:
Our situation is much improved and awareness of workplace bullying has increased among staff, management, and library trustees.
Their original goal was to get some of this language into their collective bargaining agreement. Having been thwarted on that, they persevered and got it into their employee handbook. It’s a start, and this note shows that their efforts have had an impact.
If you’d like a copy of the suggested contract language, please send me an e-mail with your name, specific union local, and your position with the union to email@example.com. It’s based on the Healthy Workplace Bill, the anti-bullying legislation I authored that is serving as the template for law reform efforts across the country.