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Honored at ADA Annual Banquet: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT), and your blog host

Honored at ADA Annual Banquet yesterday: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT), and yours truly

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.


11 responses

  1. Congratulations — well-deserved! — and I am sure, greatly to your credit, that the award means the most to you because of the spotlight it gives to the healthy workplace issue.
    p.s. Will your remarks be available on-line? Thank you.

  2. What wonderful news! If only California’s elected officials would get behind the Healthy Workplace Bill. Far too many of us in the public sector must work within cultures that promote workplace bullying. How can we get our voices heard? Thank you so very much!

  3. All great for you Dave Hope the food was great
    The truth is that all the heathy workplace legislation in the world – if we are brutally honest with ourselves- will not help any – maybe 1 – who have been a used and thrown out of the workplace under the guise of “at will”
    Boards of Directors can violate StTe laws , bylaws and all ethical principles and yet dismiss any Executive who dares challenge dysfunctional, illegal behavior by a board .
    You know as well S myself huge case histories of such abuse
    Nothing will change despite all the efforts you have put into this.
    The best thing would be for you to tell employees the truth – keep your mouth shut, leave your heart and souls at the door , collect a biweekly paycheck and put up with all the abuse to pay your mortgage and bills.
    The Employer has total power and all the Employment lawyers in the world know that but don’t employees who seek justice when bullied in the workplace the truth to make a billable hour.

  4. David
    Bravo!! Well deserved award for your hard work but more important for your desire the get out the word on the Healthy Work Place bill. Keep up the great work!!

  5. Thank you for the kind words, folks. It was a really nice educational and outreach opportunity for us.

    Rhonda, one of my friends was filming at least parts of my short talk, but I’m not sure how it came out. We’ll find a way to post it if it sounds legible.

  6. Hoping and expecting the filming to sound legible. I hardly will be alone in looking
    forward to seeing/reading your remarks.

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