As we get ready for the next legislative session in January, we want to share your workplace bullying stories this fall to build our base (last week, a reporter from Redbook asked us for your stories, and we passed many along).
We can help get your story out, even anonymously. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org THIS WEEK with your one-page story. Include:
Where did you work and what did you do?
Where do you live?
How did the bullying begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace bullying legislation to pass?
What we’ve done so far
As we plan for next session, here’s what worked and didn’t work for spreading the word about workplace bullying and the bill:
- Asked people to call key offices at different stages of the process.
- Shared personal stories.
- Tweeted at legislators and potential supporters.
- Made phone calls to potential supporters (women ages 30-54 in most progressive MA towns without current co-sponsorship).
- Researched email addresses in those same towns.
- Spoke in front of Democratic Town Committees.
- Sent out requests for endorsements to organizations.
- Held Flyer Days.
- Testified at the hearing.
- Created and promoted an easy tool for calling and writing legislators.
- Created videos for social media.
- Wrote letters to those who made civil service complaints about telling their workplace bullying stories.
- Wrote letters to non-leadership legislators and sent emails to all State House staff about workplace bullying stories in the State House.
- Pitched to reporters how workplace bullying fits in with #MeToo.
Our plans for next session
There are two major challenges with this bill:
- Educating others on what workplace bullying is since it’s not yet a household term.
- Creating urgency behind the bill in the State House since it competes with other pressing matters.
Getting media support. Since legislators tend to pay attention to what’s in the news, we hope to get the word out through news articles, which often generate more news:
- A Boston Globe Spotlight reporter may write a story about a bullied Cape Cod nurse who took his life after workplace bullying.
- We’re obtaining data on roughly how much workplace bullying has cost Massachusetts taxpayers.
- We’ll continue to pitch reporters about tying workplace bullying to the #MeToo movement since sexual harassment is a form of workplace bullying.
- We can help get your story out, even anonymously.
Associations for government employees, lawyers, mental health professionals, non-profits, and teachers
Democratic Town Committees and progressive groups
Republican Town Committees
Social justice groups
In the next couple weeks, we’ll announce meetings all over the state to plan next steps for pushing the bill. In the meantime, send us your stories so we can continue to reach out to reporters about what we’re doing and why it matters.