Last night I received the Winn Newman Equality Award for my scholarship and advocacy on workplace bullying and workers’ rights at the annual awards banquet of Americans for Democratic Action in Washington D.C. I was one of three featured honorees, joining U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut).
ADA is a venerable political and policy advocacy organization that has long championed workers’ rights and interests. I was on its national board for many years and served a term as its board chair.
Last night’s event gave me an opportunity to share with a well-networked D.C. audience the work we have been doing in various states to make the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill a reality. It appeared that my remarks were informative and well-received. We also were treated to wonderful speeches by Senator Brown and Representative DeLauro, whose support of working people in this country is second to none.
I was joined at my table by a group of dear friends, many of whom have been active in workers’ rights and workplace anti-bullying efforts for years, including Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute and Greg Sorozan of the National Association of Government Employees. The dinner also gave me a chance to reconnect with friends from ADA. In fact, I’m pleased to report that I’ll be rejoining the ADA board as an at-large member.