Next steps for workplace bullying legislation in Massachusetts

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We’re getting ahead of the next legislation session this year to let every single state legislator know about the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill and put it on their radars while it’s quiet at the State House.

We’ll ask for their support and co-sponsorship for the next session now — and then we’ll ask again in January when we get new co-sponsors and start the process over again.

Now that we know who will serve in the Massachusetts Legislature, schedule a meeting with your state legislators in the next month or so — even if you’ve contacted them before — and share with them your story and why you want protections for workplace bullying targets. If you haven’t already, put your story together in the next month and schedule meetings with them.

Contacting your legislators

New Legislators

Senators
Senator Barry Finegold (2nd Essex and Middlesex replacing Barbara L’Italien)
Senator Becca Rausch (Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex replacing Richard Ross)

Representatives
Rep. Dan Carey (2nd Hampshire serving Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, and South Hadley replacing John Scibak)
Rep. Richard Haggerty (30th Middlesex serving Reading and Woburn replacing James Dwyer)
Rep. Patrick Kearney (4th Plymouth serving Marshfield and Scituate replacing James Cantwell)
Rep. Kathleen LaNatra (12th Plymouth  serving Kingston, Plymouth, Halifax, Duxbury, Middleboro, and Plympton filling a vacancy)
Rep. David Leboeuf (17th Worcester serving Leicester and Worcester replacing Kate Campanale)
Rep. Christina Minicucci (14th Essex serving Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover and replacing Diana DiZoglio, longtime supporter who became State Senator replacing Kathleen O’Connor Ives)
Rep. Normal Orrall (12th Bristol serving Berkley, Taunton, Lakeville, and Middleborough and replacing Keiko Orrall)
Rep. Dave Robertson (19th Middlesex serving Tewksbury and Wilmington filling a vacancy)
Rep. Alyson Sullivan (7th Plymouth serving Abington, East Bridgewater, and Whitman and replacing Geoff Diehl)

Two new state reps won in the primaries in September:
Rep. Nika Elugardo (15th Suffolk serving parts of Boston replacing Jeff Sánchez)
Rep. Jon Santiago (9th Suffolk serving parts of Boston replacing Byron Rushing)

If we’re missing any new state legislators on this list, email us at info@mahealthyworkplace.com.


Current Legislators

Since information may not be up-to-date, read through the list of new state legislators above before checking the link below, and then contact your state legislators.

Find your Massachusetts state legislators »

If you want to do more or you’re in another state

We’ve compiled a list of current legislators who supported the Healthy Workplace Bill last session (and who didn’t) with links to their Facebook pages. Call, email, Facebook message, or post on their Facebook wall and/or page:

“Will you support legislation to make severe cases of workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts?”

The public nature of the question encourages a response from legislators. Report back their response, if any.

Read the list »
See a list of supporters on our Facebook page (we’ll keep updating it) »

 

Get your story in the packet for legislators at the hearing next spring

We’re assembling a booklet of written testimony from workplace bullying targets for legislators for the next legislative session starting in January. If we can include your story in our testimony packet, email it in one page to Greg at gsorozan@nage.org by the end of this month.

Feel free to use this framework if it’s helpful:
Where did you work and what did you do?
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 advice do you have for others going through bullying at work?

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