On May 30, we moved from a second reading to a third reading in the House. We now have two months — until July 31 — to complete the rest of the steps to turn the bill into law during this legislative session. What does having two months left mean for advocates? And why haven’t we had a strong push recently for contacting legislators?
Lobbyists push the Healthy Workplace Bill at the State House daily. They have strong insight into the politics that play a role into turning the bill into law. They’ll let us know the most effective strategy — a rally or push with calls and meetings with legislators, for example — and the best timing for that strategy in the next two months.
While we’re waiting for the best timing to act at the State House, we can act now to increase awareness in Massachusetts. In the next two months, we’ll continue to increase our contact lists to prepare to rally our volunteers. You can:
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper describing why you support the Healthy Workplace Bill. Read an example »
- Reach out to civil rights groups and unions about their possible support.
- Post a link to this slideshow on Facebook to educate others on the Healthy Workplace Bill: http://prezi.com/i1h9lcalopsx/healthy-workplace-bill/
- Share your personal story on our website. E-mail email@example.com.
- Sign the petition »
- Pass around the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill Fact Sheet or send a link to MAhealthyworkplace.com to those who have experienced or witnessed workplace bullying. Download the flyer »
- Join the Facebook group, Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter for updates on the progress of the bill.
- Write to employment lawyers, social workers, and psychologists about the Healthy Workplace Bill. Ask them to tell their clients about the bill. Download the letter template »
- Sign up for the Massachusetts Workplace Bullying Law e-newsletter. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tell friends and co-workers about the bill.
While bills generally take multiple two-year legislative sessions to become law, we’re hopeful that 2012 is the year that we’ll have a law in Massachusetts. We know that many bills become law at the end of the session. But we also know that we need to do everything we can now to turn the bill into law.