Why we think workplace bullying legislation will pass in Massachusetts in 2016

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The anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill has made it to an historic level: the Third Reading in the House of Representatives. With half a year left in the legislative session, we’re hopeful that 2016 is our year to make workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts.

Why we’re poised to pass the Healthy Workplace Bill in 2016

State House support. Nearly 1/3 of the entire State Legislature co-sponsors the Healthy Workplace Bill. Here’s how the numbers of legislative sponsors have grown since we first introduced the bill:
1 in the 2009-10 session
13 in the 2011-12 session
39 in the 2013-14 session
58 in the 2015-16 session

Organizational support. We have 16 organizational supporters, from the Massachusetts Teachers Association to longtime supporter SEIU NAGE Local 282, whose lobbyists have been instrumental in moving the bill forward. We’re currently working on a mailing to get Democratic and Republican Town Committees on board and spreading the word.

How we’ll pass the bill in 2016

We expect the Healthy Workplace Bill (H. 1771) to go to a floor vote in the House in January or February. So we need to keep the pressure on our State Reps to support the bill.

  1. Choose from one of two template letters to email to your rep and modify it or write your own letter asking your rep to support the Healthy Workplace Bill, H. 1771.
  2. Use this link to find your State Rep’s email address (listed as the “House” legislator).

Spread the word about the bill to family, friends, and colleagues so we can help combat workplace bullying.

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