Next steps after a dozen advocates spoke up about abuse at work

About a dozen advocates spoke up on behalf of targets of workplace abuse in Massachusetts when they told their stories yesterday at a public hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development at the Massachusetts State House.

The three-hour long hearing opened with lead sponsor and Senator Paul Feeney, bill author and Suffolk Law professor David Yamada, and former SEIU president Greg Sorozan laying out the facts about workplace abuse: what it is, what it causes, and why this bill hits the sweet spot for introducing protections for targets of workplace abuse.

Senator Paul Feeney speaks to legislators, including Senator Pat Jehlen and Rep. Stephan Hay.

Legislators thanked targets for sharing their stories, some so extreme that they prompted reactions from legislators.

Next steps

Share your written testimony
with the Committee Chairs and Sam Larson
Last session, this bill sat with this committee for about eight months before it moved forward, leaving little time to move the bill through the rest of the session.

This session, we can urge the Committee Chairs to move the bill favorably out of committee as soon as possible:

Senate Chair Pat Jehlen of Medford, Somerville, Cambridge wards 9 to 11, and Winchester, precincts 4 to 7:
Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov
(617) 722-1578
Political Director: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov

House Chair Paul Brodeur of Malden: Ward 5: Precinct 2; Melrose; Wakefield: Precincts 4, 5, 6:
Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov
(617) 722-2013
Aide: Patrick Prendergast, patrick.prendergast@mahouse.gov

They hold the most power to move this bill forward.

We can share our stories and written testimony and educate them on the nuances of the bill through meetings, phone calls, and emails. Meetings are the most effective, and we recommend scheduling those with Mark Martinez and Patrick Prendergast directly, even if you don’t live in their districts.

Also send your written testimony to Sam Larson, samuel.larson@mahouse.gov, who will share your testimony with the entire committee (even for those of you out-of-state).

Urge your own state legislators to contact
Senator Jehlen and Rep. Brodeur in support of Senate Bill 1072

We ask you to contact your state senator and state rep and ask them to write to Senator Jehlen and Rep. Brodeur to ask them to move the bill favorably out of committee. 

If you can’t meet with your legislators:

  1. Call your legislators. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to write to Senator Pat Jehlen and Rep. Paul Brodeur to urge them to move Senate Bill 1072, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status, favorably out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.” They may ask you your name and address.
  2. Followup with an email. Tell the legislators why you want them to write to Senator Pat Jehlen and Rep. Paul Brodeur to urge them to move Senate Bill 1072 favorably out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Include links to these flyers to explain the bill and the full text of the bill:
    http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet.pdf
    http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet3.pdf
    LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 
    https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1072/
  3. Ask others who live in Massachusetts to do the same.

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