Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill draws 58 sponsors and co-sponsors for the 2015-16 session

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The re-filing of the Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB) in Massachusetts has drawn 58 sponsors and co-sponsors in the state House and Senate. Rep. Ellen Story (a pioneering supporter of workplace anti-bullying legislation) and Sen. Jennifer Flanagan are the lead sponsors. The re-filed bill is House Bill No. 1771, and you may click here for the bill webpage on the Massachusetts legislative website.

This represents a significant sponsorship increase from previous legislative sessions. The HWB was introduced in Massachusetts by one sponsor in the 2009-10 session. This was followed by 13 HWB sponsors and co-sponsors in the 2011-12 session, and then up to 39 HWB sponsors and co-sponsors in the recently concluded 2013-14 session.

The growing support for the HWB is a testament to individuals who have asked their state legislators to sign on as co-sponsors and to advocacy groups that have given the bill their endorsements. We are grateful to the 58 legislators who are supporting this legislation:

Lead Sponsors

Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst)
Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)

Co-sponsors

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston)
Senator Sal N. DiDomenico (D-Everett)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester)
Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville)
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams)
Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn)
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (D-Bridgewater)
Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge)
Rep. Stephen L. DiNatale (D-Fitchburg)
Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield)
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)
Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham)
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield)
Rep. Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford)
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)
Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington)
Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester)
Rep. Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable)
Rep. Paul Mark (D-Peru)
Rep. Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth)
Rep. Harold P. Naughton, Jr. (D-Clinton)
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr. (D-Springfield)
Rep. David Rogers (D-Cambridge)
Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston)
Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Todd Smola (R-Warren)
Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Rep. David Vieira (R-East Falmouth)
Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham)

4 responses

  1. Pingback: We Are Many Against Bullying | Bullying Help

  2. Can a company with the power, money, and influence initiate and condone workplace bullying? How can a Human Resource Manager communicate false and misleading information about an employee across state lines, deny she called, but then leave an apology voice mail after she was caught and not be held accountable? What if it wasn’t the first time she had done something like this? Can a company send an employee for a fit for duty evaluation as a form of retaliation because an employee kept reporting safety violations? Can a company do an all-day investigation that included at least 5 people for a one minute late punch in by an employee, pull the employee away from their work, and then report the employee didn’t do their job? What if the investigation revealed the employee was right? There are so many means a bad employer can use to provoke, retaliate, and discriminate against an employee including filing false and misleading Declarations under the penalty of perjury because “who” will force the employee to “prove” their statements when the company has billions of dollars and a legal team of hundreds of lawyers? The American Worker is risk when this is allowed to happen. Working together, we can make a DIFFERENCE and help stop the attacks against the American Worker.

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