We just a broke record for workplace abuse legislation co-sponsors in Massachusetts — and we’re not done

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The most legislators we’ve ever signed on in one session is 58. We’re now at 69. And the cosponsor deadline is today at 5pm.

We can’t thank you enough. 


Your calls, emails, and visits are making a difference and creating a buzz around the State House. That’s no ordinary accomplishment. And this level of support is a powerful message going into this two-year legislative session that we want protections for targets of workplace abuse — and we won’t back down until we get them.

Here’s who signed onto SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status:

Senator Paul Feeney (D-Walpole) Lead Sponsor
Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) 
Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) 
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth)
Senator Rebecca Rausch (D-Needham)
Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport)
Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) 
Senator James T. Welch (D-W. Springfield)
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford) 
Rep. Daniel Carey (D-Easthampton)
Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy) 
Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge) 
Rep. Edward Coppinger (D-Boston)
Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) 
Rep. Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)
Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)
Rep. Carole Fiola (D-Fall River)
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington) 
Rep. Carmine Gentile (D-Watertown)
Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-Acton)
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Northborough)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster)
Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow)
Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston) 
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) 
Rep. Patrick Kearney (D-Scituate)
Rep. James Kelcourse (R-Amesbury)
Rep. John J. Lawn (D-Newton)
Rep. David Leboeuf (D-Worcester)
Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (D-Framingham)
Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Boston) 
Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester) 
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain)
Rep. Paul Mark (D-Hancock)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) 
Rep. Christina Minicucci (D-Andover) 
Rep. Liz Miranda (D-Dorchester) 
Rep. Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth)
Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-Andover)
Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston) 
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr. (D-Springfield)
Rep. David Robertson (D-Tewksbury)
Rep. Maria Robinson (D-Framingham)
Rep. Dave Rogers (D-Belmont) 
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton)
Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River)
Rep. Todd Smola (R-Palmer)
Rep. Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham)
Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden)
Rep. Andy Vargas (D-Haverhill)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Rep. John C. Velis (D-Westfield) 
Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere) 
Rep. Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline) 
Rep. Bud Williams (D-Springfield)
Rep. Jonathan D. Zlotnik (D-Worcester)

We have until the end of the day to call and email again to put the pressure on legislators to make this bill a priority.

Call and email your state legislators — even if you’ve already done so
Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to:
Call your own State Rep AND State Senator. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.
Followup with an email. Tell your legislators why you want them to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355 and why you want the bill to pass. 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
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355

Ideas for angles to take in your email to make it different than your previous emails:
Addressing workplace bullying will address sexual harassment and #MeToo. Read this article from the LA Times to understand the connection so you can write about it in an email to legislators.
Remind legislators of some of the most severe workplace abuse stories affecting Massachusetts residents:
https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/videos/719345008426550/
https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/videos/357907344985573/
https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/videos/376359419574389/
Focus on abusers and their behavior. Stress the fact that this issue is a bully problem, not due to a flaw in targets. It’s about holding abusers accountable.
 
Ask others to do the same.
 
Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are


If you want to do more or are out of state
Send emails to these three different groups (either individually or all at once) with three different messages:

Email #1: Committed this session but haven’t signed on yet
Thank these legislators for committing to co-sponsoring workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want protections for all employees from severe abuse at work, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro), julian.cyr@masenate.gov, 617-722-1570
Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov, 617-722-1330
Senator Walter Timilty (D-Milton), Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, 617-722-1643
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose), Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2013
Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth), Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro), james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg), Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2637
Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleboro), Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100

Email all at once:
julian.cyr@masenate.gov, Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov, Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov, james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov

Email #2: Co-sponsored last session or supported through Budget Amendment but haven’t signed on yet (and not on previous list)
Thank these legislators for their past support workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton), Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, 617-722-1200
Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Belmont), William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, 617-722-1280
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston), Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, 617-722-1673
Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, 617-722-1350
Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, 617-722-1420
Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield), Donald.Humason@masenate.gov, 617-722-1415
Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem), Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov, 617-722-1410
Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford), James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2019
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow), Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Medford), Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. Claire D. Cronin (D-Easton), Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton), Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2011
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley), Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2070
Rep. David Vieira (R-Falmouth), David.Vieira@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230

Email all at once:
Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, Donald.Humason@masenate.gov, Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov, James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov, Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, David.Vieira@mahouse.gov

Email #3: New, didn’t commit to co-sponsoring this session, and/or didn’t co-sponsor last session and haven’t signed on
Tell them about workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov, 617-722-1572
Senator Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov, 617-722-1634
Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov, 617-722-1544
Senator Nick Collins (D-Boston), Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, 617-722-1150
Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, 617-722-1639
Senator Barry Finegold (D-Andover), Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov, 617-722-1612
Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington), Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, 617-722-1432
Senator Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield), adam.hinds@masenate.gov, 617-722-1625
Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, 617-722-1578
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy), John.Keenan@masenate.gov, 617-722-1494
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Lowell), edward.kennedy@masenate.gov, 617-722-1630
Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), eric.lesser@masenate.gov, 617-722-1291
Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, 617-722-1206
Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov, 617-722-1440
Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov, 617-722-1551
Senator Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury), Mike.Rush@masenate.gov, 617-722-1348
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1500
Senator Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg), dean.tran@masenate.gov, 617-722-1230
Rep. John Barrett (D-N. Adams), john.barrett@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield), F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg), Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2140
Rep. Donald Berthiaume (R-Worcester), Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. David Biele (D-Boston), David.Biele@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Natalie Blais (D-Sunderland), Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick), Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn), Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2380
Rep. Peter Capano (D-Lynn), peter.capano@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton), Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington), michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville), William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Daniel Cullinane (D-Boston), Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Boston), Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2637
Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (R-Bridgewater), Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Michael Day (D-Stoneham), Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. David DeCoste (R-Plymouth), David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2500
Rep. Marcos Devers (D-Lawrence), marcos.devers@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst), mindy.domb@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford), Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2180
Rep. Shawn Dooley (R-Medfield), Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. William Driscoll (D-Milton), William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton), michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2011
Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain), nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield), Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden), Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2263
Rep. Michael Finn (D-W. Springfield), Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2489
Rep. William Galvin (D-Canton), William.Galvin@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2692
Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham), Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut), Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2380
Rep. Susan Gifford (R-Wareham), Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Thomas Golden (D-Lowell), Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2263
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield), Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080
Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2600
Rep. Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn), richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Sheila Harrington (R-Groton), Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Christopher Hendricks (D-New Bedford), christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich), Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk), Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Randy Hunt (E-East Sandwich), Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Bradley Jones (R-N. Reading), Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester), Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Worcester), Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Kathleen LaNatra (D-Kingston), kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy), Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2300
Rep. Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth), Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Joseph McGonagle (D-Everett), Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Worcester), joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Joan Meschino (D-Hull), Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2320
Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. Leonard Mirra (R-Newbury), Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Rady Mom (D-Lowell), Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2030
Rep. Frank Moran (D-Lawrence), Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Michael Moran (D-Brighton), Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. David Muradian (R-Worcester), David.Muradian@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. James Murphy (D-Weymouth), James.Murphy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Brian Murray (D-Milford), Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. David Nangle (D-Lowell), David.Nangle@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2520
Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton), Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Norman Orrall (R-Lakeville), norman.orrall@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly), Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2040
Rep. Thomas Petrolati (D-Ludlow), Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2255
Rep. Will (Smitty) Pignatelli (D-Lenox), rep.smitty@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. John Rogers (D-Norwood), John.Rogers@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2092
Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Dan Ryan (D-Charlestown), Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Jon Santiago (D-Boston), jon.santiago@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Angelo Scaccia (D-Readville), Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Paul Schmid (D-Westport), Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Michael Soter (R-Bellingham), michael.soter@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers), Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2410
Rep. William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), William.Straus@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington), alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2425 
Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Paul Tucker (D-Salem), Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Chynah Tyler (D-Boston), Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2130
Rep. Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee), Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2370
Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody), Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2676
Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Barnstable), Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (I-Athol), Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus), Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488

Email all at once:
Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov, Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov, Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov, Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov, Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, adam.hinds@masenate.gov, Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, John.Keenan@masenate.gov, edward.kennedy@masenate.gov, eric.lesser@masenate.gov, Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov, Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov, Mike.Rush@masenate.gov, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, dean.tran@masenate.gov, john.barrett@mahouse.gov, F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, David.Biele@mahouse.gov, Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov, Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov, Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, peter.capano@mahouse.gov, Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov, William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov, Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov, Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov, Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov, Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, marcos.devers@mahouse.gov, mindy.domb@mahouse.gov, Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov, Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov, William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov, michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov, Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov, nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov, Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov, Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov, William.Galvin@mahouse.gov, Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov, Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov, Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov, Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov, Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov, Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov, Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov, Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov, Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov, kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov, David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov, Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov, Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov, Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov, Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov, Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov, David.Muradian@mahouse.gov, James.Murphy@mahouse.gov, Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov, David.Nangle@mahouse.gov, Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov, Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov, norman.orrall@mahouse.gov, Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov, Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov, rep.smitty@mahouse.gov, John.Rogers@mahouse.gov, Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov, Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov, jon.santiago@mahouse.gov, Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov, Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, michael.soter@mahouse.gov, Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov, William.Straus@mahouse.gov, alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov, Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov, Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov, Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov, Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov, Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov 


Phone calls
Aside from your own legislators, you can call these two offices in support of the bill, even if you’re out of state. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask ___ to sign onto SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.”

Here are the two numbers:
Senate President Karen Spilka, 617-722-1500
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, 617-722-2500


Related bills
Consider asking your legislators to sign onto these bills also:

SD 1771, An Act concerning sexual harassment policies in the commonwealth sponsored by Senator Diana DiZoglio. If passed, this bill will prevent the Commonwealth from asking a complainant to not disclose factual information related to claims of a settlement agreement while still protecting the complainant. In other words, the Commonwealth will no longer be able to have employees sign non-disclosure agreements to protect the Commonwealth.

SD 1412, An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature sponsored by Senator Rebecca Rausch. If passed, this bill will require independent investigations regarding workplace harassment and sexual assault in the Legislature. This change would prevent leaders from protecting their friends during investigations.

SD 1709, Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollars sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis. Raise Up Massachusetts, the group that pushed for and won $15 minimum wage and paid FMLA, is pushing for more revenue through an additional tax on income over $1 million.

We thank you again for your persistence on this bill, knowing that bills most often take years to pass.
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Let’s all give one last push today to sign on co-sponsors to make severe workplace abuse illegal

Wow. We thank you. This session, we expect a record-breaker thanks to your work. In past sessions, 58 legislators out of 200 is the most we’v signed on. And with two days left until the co-sponsor deadline (tomorrow, February 1), we’ve already signed on 48 legislators (same as last session, with more expected to sign on last minute). Here’s why:
You’ve been calling, emailing, and visiting your own state legislators, urging them to support workplace abuse legislation. Reaching out to your own legislators is the most impactful step you can take since legislators care about what their own constituents want so they serve you and get re-elected.
Yesterday, we had a highly successful Lobby Day. A bunch of us spoke with legislators and aides and passed out information to around 120 legislators. A huge thank you to those who took time from their days to make all of us heard.
Our lead sponsor Senator Paul Feeney is championing our bill. Yesterday, Senator Feeney reached out to other legislators, and we saw our number of co-sponsors go from 32 to 44.
We’re all spreading the word and not backing down. We’re spreading the word from so many angles:
You’re telling your stories so others can tell theirs.
Advocates are calling potential supporters.
Bill Author David Yamada is building a massive following on his blog and speaking at conferences about workplace abuse. 
Advocates are strategizing.
You’re sharing social media posts.
SEIU NAGE Local 282 lobbyists are pushing the bill to legislators.
Advocates are building an endorsement base of more than 40 organizations and speaking with groups. 
Advocates are reaching out to reporters.

Let’s give one last nudge today
These 48 legislators have signed on so far to SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status:

Senator Paul Feeney (D-Walpole) Lead Sponsor
Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton)
Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer)
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth)
Senator Rebecca Rausch (D-Needham)
Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport)
Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) 
Senator James T. Welch (D-W. Springfield)
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge) 
Rep. Edward Coppinger (D-Boston)
Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) 
Rep. Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)
Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)
Rep. Carole Fiola (D-Fall River)
Rep. Carmine Gentile (D-Watertown)
Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-Acton)
Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster)
Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow)
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) 
Rep. Patrick Kearney (D-Scituate)
Rep. John J. Lawn (D-Newton)
Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (D-Framingham)
Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Boston) 
Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester) 
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) 
Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-Andover)
Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston) 
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield)
Rep. David Robertson (D-Tewksbury)
Rep. Maria Robinson (D-Framingham)
Rep. Dave Rogers (D-Belmont) 
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton)
Rep. Todd Smola (R-Palmer)
Rep. Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham)
Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Rep. John C. Velis (D-Westfield) 
Rep. Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline) 
Rep. Bud Williams (D-Springfield)

SD 1355 is listed as one of the popular bills on MALegislature.gov.

We still need your help.

Call and email your state legislators — even if you’ve already done so
Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to:
Call your own State Rep AND State Senator. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.

Followup with an email. Tell your legislators why you want them to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355 and why you want the bill to pass. 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
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355

Ideas for angles to take in your email to make it different than your previous emails:
Addressing workplace bullying will address sexual harassment and #MeToo. Read this article from the LA Times to understand the connection so you can write about it in an email to legislators.
Remind legislators of some of the most severe workplace abuse stories affecting Massachusetts residents:
https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/videos/719345008426550/
https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/videos/357907344985573/
https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/videos/376359419574389/
Focus on abusers and their behavior. Stress the fact that this issue is a bully problem, not due to a flaw in targets. It’s about holding abusers accountable.

Ask others to do the same.
 
Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are
Check in to see who’s co-sponsored the bill (updated daily)


If you want to do more or are out of state
Send emails to these three different groups (either individually or all at once) with three different messages:

Email #1: Committed this session but haven’t signed on yet
Thank these legislators for committing to co-sponsoring workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want protections for all employees from severe abuse at work, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro), julian.cyr@masenate.gov, 617-722-1570
Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov, 617-722-1330
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, 617-722-1485
Senator Walter Timilty (D-Milton), Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, 617-722-1643
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose), Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2013
Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth), Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington), Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Northborough), Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro), james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg), Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2637
Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston), Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. David Leboeuf (D-Worcester), david.leboeuf@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Mark (D-Hancock), Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2304
Rep. Christina Minicucci (D-Andover), christina.minicucci@mahouse.gov
Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleboro), Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River), Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Jonathan D. Zlotnik (D-Worcester), Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080

Email all at once:
julian.cyr@masenate.gov, Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov, Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov, Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov, Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov, james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov, david.leboeuf@mahouse.gov, Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov, christina.minicucci@mahouse.gov, Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov, Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov, Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov

Email #2: Co-sponsored last session or supported through Budget Amendment but haven’t signed on yet (and not on previous list)
Thank these legislators for their past support workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton), Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, 617-722-1200
Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Belmont), William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, 617-722-1280
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston), Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, 617-722-1673
Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, 617-722-1350
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, 617-722-1650
Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, 617-722-1420
Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield), Donald.Humason@masenate.gov, 617-722-1415
Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem), Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov, 617-722-1410
Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford), James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2019
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow), Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Medford), Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy), Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Claire D. Cronin (D-Easton), Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester), Ann-Margaret.Ferrante@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2012
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown), Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2140
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton), Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2011
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley), Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2070
Rep. David Vieira (R-Falmouth), David.Vieira@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere), RoseLee.Vincent@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210

Email all at once:
Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, Donald.Humason@masenate.gov, Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov, James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov, Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov, Ann-Margaret.Ferrante@mahouse.gov, Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov, Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov, Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, David.Vieira@mahouse.gov, RoseLee.Vincent@mahouse.gov

Email #3: New, didn’t commit to co-sponsoring this session, and/or didn’t co-sponsor last session and haven’t signed on
Tell them about workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov, 617-722-1572
Senator Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov, 617-722-1634
Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov, 617-722-1544
Senator Nick Collins (D-Boston), Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, 617-722-1150
Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, 617-722-1639
Senator Barry Finegold (D-Andover), Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov
Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington), Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, 617-722-1432
Senator Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield), adam.hinds@masenate.gov, 617-722-1625
Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, 617-722-1578
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy), John.Keenan@masenate.gov, 617-722-1494
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Lowell), edward.kennedy@masenate.gov
Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), eric.lesser@masenate.gov, 617-722-1291
Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, 617-722-1206
Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov, 617-722-1440
Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov, 617-722-1551
Senator Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury), Mike.Rush@masenate.gov, 617-722-1348
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1500
Senator Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg), dean.tran@masenate.gov, 617-722-1230
Rep. John Barrett (D-N. Adams), john.barrett@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield), F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Kennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg), Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2140
Rep. Donald Berthiaume (R-Worcester), Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. David Biele (D-Boston), David.Biele@mahouse.gov
Rep. Natalie Blais (D-Sunderland), Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov
Rep. Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick), Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford), Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn), Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2380
Rep. Peter Capano (D-Lynn), peter.capano@mahouse.gov
Rep. Daniel Carey (D-Easthampton), daniel.carey@mahouse.gov
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton), Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington), michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville), William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Daniel Cullinane (D-Boston), Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Boston), Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2637
Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (R-Bridgewater), Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Michael Day (D-Stoneham), Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. David DeCoste (R-Plymouth), David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2500
Rep. Marcos Devers (D-Lawrence), marcos.devers@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst), mindy.domb@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford), Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2180
Rep. Shawn Dooley (R-Medfield), Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. William Driscoll (D-Milton), William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton), michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2011
Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain), nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield), Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden), Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2263
Rep. Michael Finn (D-W. Springfield), Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2489
Rep. William Galvin (D-Canton), William.Galvin@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2692
Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham), Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut), Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2380
Rep. Susan Gifford (R-Wareham), Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Thomas Golden (D-Lowell), Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2263
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield), Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080
Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2600
Rep. Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn), richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sheila Harrington (R-Groton), Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Christopher Hendricks (D-New Bedford), christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov
Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich), Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk), Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Randy Hunt (E-East Sandwich), Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Bradley Jones (R-N. Reading), Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester), Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. James Kelcourse (R-Amesbury), james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2130
Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Worcester), Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Kathleen LaNatra (D-Kingston), kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy), Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2300
Rep. Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth), Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Joseph McGonagle (D-Everett), Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Worcester), joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Joan Meschino (D-Hull), Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2320
Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. Liz Miranda (D-Dorchester), liz.miranda@mahouse.gov
Rep. Leonard Mirra (R-Newbury), Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Rady Mom (D-Lowell), Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2030
Rep. Frank Moran (D-Lawrence), Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Michael Moran (D-Brighton), Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. David Muradian (R-Worcester), David.Muradian@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth), Mathew.Muratore@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. James Murphy (D-Weymouth), James.Murphy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Brian Murray (D-Milford), Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. David Nangle (D-Lowell), David.Nangle@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2520
Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton), Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Normal Orrall (R-Lakeville), norman.orrall@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly), Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2040
Rep. Thomas Petrolati (D-Ludlow), Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2255
Rep. Will (Smitty) Pignatelli (D-Lenox), rep.smitty@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. John Rogers (D-Norwood), John.Rogers@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2092
Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Dan Ryan (D-Charlestown), Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Jon Santiago (D-Boston), jon.santiago@mahouse.gov
Rep. Angelo Scaccia (D-Readville), Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Paul Schmid (D-Westport), Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Michael Soter (R-Bellingham), michael.soter@mahouse.gov
Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers), Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2410
Rep. William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), William.Straus@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington), alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Paul Tucker (D-Salem), Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Chynah Tyler (D-Boston), Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2130
Rep. Andy Vargas (D-Haverhill), andy.vargas@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee), Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2370
Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody), Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2676
Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Barnstable), Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (I-Athol), Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus), Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488

Email all at once:
Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov, Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov, Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov, Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov, Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, adam.hinds@masenate.gov, Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, John.Keenan@masenate.gov, edward.kennedy@masenate.gov, eric.lesser@masenate.gov, Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov, Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov, Mike.Rush@masenate.gov, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, dean.tran@masenate.gov, john.barrett@mahouse.gov, F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, David.Biele@mahouse.gov, Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov, Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov, Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, peter.capano@mahouse.gov, daniel.carey@mahouse.gov, Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov, William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov, Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov, Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov, Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov, Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, marcos.devers@mahouse.gov, mindy.domb@mahouse.gov, Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov, Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov, William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov, michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov, Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov, nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov, Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov, Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov, William.Galvin@mahouse.gov, Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov, Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov, Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov, Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov, Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov, Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov, Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov, Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov, Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov, kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov, David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov, Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov, Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov, Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, liz.miranda@mahouse.gov, Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov, Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov, Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov, David.Muradian@mahouse.gov, Mathew.Muratore@mahouse.gov, James.Murphy@mahouse.gov, Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov, David.Nangle@mahouse.gov, Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov, Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov, norman.orrall@mahouse.gov, Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov, Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov, rep.smitty@mahouse.gov, John.Rogers@mahouse.gov, Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov, Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov, jon.santiago@mahouse.gov, Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov, Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, michael.soter@mahouse.gov, Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov, William.Straus@mahouse.gov, alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov, Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov, Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov, Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, andy.vargas@mahouse.gov, Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov, Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov, Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov


Phone calls
Aside from your own legislators, you can call these two offices in support of the bill, even if you’re out of state. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask ___ to sign onto SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.”

Here are the two numbers:
Senate President Karen Spilka, 617-722-1500
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, 617-722-2500


Related bills
Consider asking your legislators to sign onto these bills also:
SD 1771, An Act concerning sexual harassment policies in the commonwealth sponsored by Senator Diana DiZoglio. If passed, this bill will prevent the Commonwealth from asking a complainant to not disclose factual information related to claims of a settlement agreement while still protecting the complainant. In other words, the Commonwealth will no longer be able to have employees sign non-disclosure agreements to protect the Commonwealth.
SD 1412, An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature sponsored by Senator Rebecca Rausch. If passed, this bill will require independent investigations regarding workplace harassment and sexual assault in the Legislature. This change would prevent leaders from protecting their friends during investigations.
SD 1709, Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollars sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis. Raise Up Massachusetts, the group that pushed for and won $15 minimum wage and paid FMLA, is pushing for more revenue through an additional tax on income over $1 million.

Thanks for your persistence on this bill, knowing that bills most often take years to pass.
 

We have 5 days left to sign on co-sponsors for workplace abuse legislation

Our calls and emails are working! Thank you for all of your calls and emails to urge state legislators to sign onto SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. These 24 legislators have signed on so far (58 legislators is the most we’ve signed on in one session):

Senator Paul Feeney (D-Walpole) Lead Sponsor
Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton)
Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth)
Senator Rebecca Rausch (D-Needham)
Senator James T. Welch (D-W. Springfield)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)
Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)
Rep. Carole Fiola (D-Fall River)
Rep. Carmine Gentile (D-Watertown)
Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) 
Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (D-Framingham)
Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-Andover)
Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston) 
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield)
Rep. David Robertson (D-Tewksbury)
Rep. Maria Robinson (D-Framingham)
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton)
Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Rep. Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline) 

Legislators can sign on to SD 1355 until this Friday, February 1 — a little less than a week away. (Then we’ll get a new bill number that we’ll use to promote the bill for the rest of the two-year session.)

SD 1355 is listed as one of the popular bills on MALegislature.gov:

We still need your help.

Call and email your state legislators — even if you’ve already done so
Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to:
Call your own State Rep AND State Senator. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.
Followup with an email. Tell your legislators why you want them to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355 and why you want the bill to pass. 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
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355
Ask others to do the same.

Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are
Check in to see who’s co-sponsored the bill (updated daily)

If you want to do more or are out of state
Send emails to these three different groups (either individually or all at once) with three different messages:

Email #1: Committed this session but haven’t signed on yet
Thank these legislators for committing to co-sponsoring workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want protections for all employees from severe abuse at work, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro), julian.cyr@masenate.gov, 617-722-1570
Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov, 617-722-1330
Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), anne.gobi@masenate.gov, 617-722-1540
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, 617-722-1485
Senator Walter Timilty (D-Milton), Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, 617-722-1643
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose), Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2013
Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge), Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2692
Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth), Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington), Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-Acton), tami.gouveia@mahouse.gov 
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Northborough), Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro), james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg), Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2637
Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston), Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. John J. Lawn (D-Newton), John.Lawn@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2877
Rep. David Leboeuf (D-Worcester), david.leboeuf@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Boston), Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2013
Rep. Paul Mark (D-Hancock), Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2304
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham), Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2582
Rep. Christina Minicucci (D-Andover), christina.minicucci@mahouse.gov
Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleboro), Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River), Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Jonathan D. Zlotnik (D-Worcester), Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080

Email all at once:
julian.cyr@masenate.gov, Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov, anne.gobi@masenate.gov, Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov, Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov, Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov, Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov, tami.gouveia@mahouse.gov, Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov, james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov, John.Lawn@mahouse.gov, david.leboeuf@mahouse.gov, Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov, Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov, Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov, christina.minicucci@mahouse.gov, Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov, Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov, Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov

Email #2: Co-sponsored last session or supported through Budget Amendment but haven’t signed on yet (and not on previous list)
Thank these legislators for their past support of workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton), Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, 617-722-1200
Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Belmont), William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, 617-722-1280
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston), Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, 617-722-1673
Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, 617-722-1350
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, 617-722-1650
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton), James.Eldridge@masenate.gov, 617-722-1120
Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, 617-722-1420
Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield), Donald.Humason@masenate.gov, 617-722-1415
Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem), Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov, 617-722-1410
Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford), James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2019
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow), Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy), Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Medford), Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy), Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Claire D. Cronin (D-Easton), Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester), Ann-Margaret.Ferrante@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2012
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown), Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2140
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton), Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2470
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton), Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2011
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester), John.Mahoney@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley), Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2070
Rep. John C. Velis (D-Westfield), john.velis@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2877
Rep. David Vieira (R-Falmouth), David.Vieira@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere), RoseLee.Vincent@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210

Email all at once:
Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, James.Eldridge@masenate.gov, Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, Donald.Humason@masenate.gov, Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov, James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov, Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov, Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov, Ann-Margaret.Ferrante@mahouse.gov, Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov, Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov, John.Mahoney@mahouse.gov, Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, john.velis@mahouse.gov, David.Vieira@mahouse.gov, RoseLee.Vincent@mahouse.gov

Email #3: New, didn’t commit to co-sponsoring this session, and/or didn’t co-sponsor last session and haven’t signed on
Tell them about workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov, 617-722-1572
Senator Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov, 617-722-1634
Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov, 617-722-1544
Senator Nick Collins (D-Boston), Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, 617-722-1150
Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, 617-722-1639
Senator Barry Finegold (D-Andover), Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov
Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington), Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, 617-722-1432
Senator Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield), adam.hinds@masenate.gov, 617-722-1625
Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, 617-722-1578
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy), John.Keenan@masenate.gov, 617-722-1494
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Lowell), edward.kennedy@masenate.gov
Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), eric.lesser@masenate.gov, 617-722-1291
Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, 617-722-1206
Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov, 617-722-1440
Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov, 617-722-1551
Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov, 617-722-1114
Senator Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury), Mike.Rush@masenate.gov, 617-722-1348
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1500
Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov, 617-722-1600
Senator Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg), dean.tran@masenate.gov, 617-722-1230
Rep. John Barrett (D-N. Adams), john.barrett@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield), F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Kennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg), Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2140
Rep. Donald Berthiaume (R-Worcester), Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. David Biele (D-Boston), David.Biele@mahouse.gov
Rep. Natalie Blais (D-Sunderland), Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov
Rep. Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick), Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford), Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn), Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2380
Rep. Peter Capano (D-Lynn), peter.capano@mahouse.gov
Rep. Daniel Carey (D-Easthampton), daniel.carey@mahouse.gov
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton), Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington), michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Edward Coppinger (D-Boston), Edward.Coppinger@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080
Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville), William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Daniel Cullinane (D-Boston), Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Boston), Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2637
Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (R-Bridgewater), Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Michael Day (D-Stoneham), Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. David DeCoste (R-Plymouth), David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2500
Rep. Marcos Devers (D-Lawrence), marcos.devers@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst), mindy.domb@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford), Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2180
Rep. Shawn Dooley (R-Medfield), Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2810
Rep. William Driscoll (D-Milton), William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton), michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2011
Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain), nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield), Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden), Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2263
Rep. Michael Finn (D-W. Springfield), Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2489
Rep. William Galvin (D-Canton), William.Galvin@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2692
Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham), Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut), Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2380
Rep. Susan Gifford (R-Wareham), Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Thomas Golden (D-Lowell), Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2263
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield), Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2080
Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2600
Rep. Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn), richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sheila Harrington (R-Groton), Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Christopher Hendricks (D-New Bedford), christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov
Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich), Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Kate.Hogan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2130
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton), Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2470
Rep. Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk), Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester), Daniel.Hunt@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2450
Rep. Randy Hunt (E-East Sandwich), Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Bradley Jones (R-N. Reading), Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Patrick Kearney (D-Scituate), patrick.kearney@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester), Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. James Kelcourse (R-Amesbury), james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2130
Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Worcester), Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Kathleen LaNatra (D-Kingston), kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston), Adrian.Madaro@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2263
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain), Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2380
Rep. Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy), Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2300
Rep. Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth), Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2020
Rep. Joseph McGonagle (D-Everett), Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Worcester), joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Joan Meschino (D-Hull), Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2320
Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2220
Rep. Liz Miranda (D-Dorchester), liz.miranda@mahouse.gov
Rep. Leonard Mirra (R-Newbury), Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488
Rep. Rady Mom (D-Lowell), Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2030
Rep. Frank Moran (D-Lawrence), Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Michael Moran (D-Brighton), Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. David Muradian (R-Worcester), David.Muradian@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth), Mathew.Muratore@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. James Murphy (D-Weymouth), James.Murphy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2575
Rep. Brian Murray (D-Milford), Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. David Nangle (D-Lowell), David.Nangle@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2520
Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton), Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2305
Rep. Normal Orrall (R-Lakeville), norman.orrall@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly), Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2240
Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2040
Rep. Thomas Petrolati (D-Ludlow), Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2255
Rep. Will (Smitty) Pignatelli (D-Lenox), rep.smitty@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2210
Rep. Dave Rogers (D-Belmont), Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2370
Rep. John Rogers (D-Norwood), John.Rogers@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2092
Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430
Rep. Dan Ryan (D-Charlestown), Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2060
Rep. Jon Santiago (D-Boston), jon.santiago@mahouse.gov
Rep. Angelo Scaccia (D-Readville), Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. Paul Schmid (D-Westport), Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2017
Rep. Todd Smola (R-Palmer), Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2100
Rep. Michael Soter (R-Bellingham), michael.soter@mahouse.gov
Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers), Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2410
Rep. Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham), Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2230
Rep. William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), William.Straus@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2400
Rep. Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington), alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2460
Rep. Paul Tucker (D-Salem), Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2396
Rep. Chynah Tyler (D-Boston), Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2130
Rep. Andy Vargas (D-Haverhill), andy.vargas@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee), Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2370
Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody), Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2676
Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Barnstable), Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2014
Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (I-Athol), Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2090
Rep. Bud Williams (D-Springfield), Bud.Williams@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2140
Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus), Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2488

Email all at once:
Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov, Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov, Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov, Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov, Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, adam.hinds@masenate.gov, Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, John.Keenan@masenate.gov, edward.kennedy@masenate.gov, eric.lesser@masenate.gov, Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov, Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov, Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov, Mike.Rush@masenate.gov, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov, dean.tran@masenate.gov, john.barrett@mahouse.gov, F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, David.Biele@mahouse.gov, Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov, Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov, Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, peter.capano@mahouse.gov, daniel.carey@mahouse.gov, Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov, Edward.Coppinger@mahouse.gov, William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov, Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov, Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov, Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov, Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, marcos.devers@mahouse.gov, mindy.domb@mahouse.gov, Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov, Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov, William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov, michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov, Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov, nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov, Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov, Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov, William.Galvin@mahouse.gov, Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov, Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov, Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov, Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov, Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov, Kate.Hogan@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov, Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Hunt@mahouse.gov, Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov, Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov, Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, patrick.kearney@mahouse.gov, Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov, kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov, David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov, Adrian.Madaro@mahouse.gov, Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov, Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov, Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov, Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, liz.miranda@mahouse.gov, Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov, Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov, Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov, David.Muradian@mahouse.gov, Mathew.Muratore@mahouse.gov, James.Murphy@mahouse.gov, Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov, David.Nangle@mahouse.gov, Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov, Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov, norman.orrall@mahouse.gov, Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov, Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov, rep.smitty@mahouse.gov, Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov, John.Rogers@mahouse.gov, Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov, Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov, jon.santiago@mahouse.gov, Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov, Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov, michael.soter@mahouse.gov, Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov, William.Straus@mahouse.gov, alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov, Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov, Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov, Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, andy.vargas@mahouse.gov, Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov, Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov, Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, Bud.Williams@mahouse.gov, Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov 

Phone calls
Aside from your own legislators, you can call these two offices in support of the bill, even if you’re out of state. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask ___ to sign onto SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.”

Here are the two numbers:
Senate President Karen Spilka, 617-722-1500
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, 617-722-2500

Related bills
Consider asking your legislators to sign onto these bills also:
SD 1771, An Act concerning sexual harassment policies in the commonwealth sponsored by Senator Diana DiZoglio. If passed, this bill will prevent the Commonwealth from asking a complainant to not disclose factual information related to claims of a settlement agreement while still protecting the complainant. In other words, the Commonwealth will no longer be able to have employees sign non-disclosure agreements to protect the Commonwealth.
SD 1412, An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature sponsored by Senator Rebecca Rausch. If passed, this bill will require independent investigations regarding workplace harassment and sexual assault in the Legislature. This change would prevent leaders from protecting their friends during investigations.
SD 1709, Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollars sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis. Raise Up Massachusetts, the group that pushed for and won $15 minimum wage and paid FMLA, is pushing for more revenue through an additional tax on income over $1 million.
Join us for a Lobby Day on Wednesday
What makes even more of a difference is meeting with your legislators, allowing them to put a person and a story behind the cause. And we can meet as a group to make it easier on you and more impactful on the legislator.
Call your State Rep AND State Senator and ask whoever answers the phone if you can setup an appointment with your legislator this Wednesday, January 30 between 11am-1pm at the State House. (If they don’t have any time between those hours available, try to get an appointment sometime in the afternoon close to 1pm).
Email info@mahealthyworkplace.com with your name, legislator name, and meeting time. If you can’t get an appointment that day or at all, feel free to join us anyways and still RSVP so we can send you the location where we’ll all meet at 11am.We’ll join you at the meeting as a group and take care of everything else (figuring out their office location, navigating the State House, and bringing flyers).

You can also join us if your legislators have signed on or you’ve already asked them. Email info@mahealthyworkplace.com to RSVP and for the meeting location.
Thanks for your persistence on this bill, knowing that bills most often take years to pass.

Paid FMLA Listening Sessions
Massachusetts passed the most comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation in the country last year. Now it’s time for Paid Leave to be put into action. The newly-created Department of Family and Medical Leave will hold public listening sessions across the state about the regulations being drafted.

It’s important supporters attend these sessions to ensure the regulatory process does not weaken the law in any way. RSVP to a hearing in your community and make your voice heard as these regulations are being drafted. 
Boston – Wednesday, January 30
Springfield – Friday, February 1
Lawrence – Monday, February 4
Worcester – Tuesday, February 5
Greenfield – Friday, February 8
Hyannis – Monday, February 11
Fall River – Tuesday, February 19

A murder that may have been avoided if we had workplace abuse law

Image from NBCNews.com

Su Taraskiewicz worked as a ground service employee for Northwest Airlines at Logan Airport. She was promoted to ramp supervisor after three years and was the first woman to ever hold that position.

On September 14, 1992, Su’s car was discovered at an auto body shop near the airport. In the trunk was Su’s beaten, stabbed, and lifeless body. 

About a year later, Su’s mother learned of workplace abuse, including sexual harassment, that Su wrote about in her diary:

  • Demeaning graffiti about Su was written in the men’s rooms at the airport and in the cargo holds of jets.
  • She received anonymous phone calls at all hours of the night.
  • Both her and her boyfriend’s cars were vandalized.
  • A co-worker purposefully dropped her radio on the floor. After a confrontation from both Su and her boyfriend, who also worked at the airport, the co-worker made a threat about beating up and killing her boyfriend.

What’s worse: Su filed formal complaints with Northwest Airlines management and her union, but there were few consequences. In fact, the insulting graffiti increased, including death threats of those who supported Su.

Source: https://unsolved.com/gallery/su-taraskiewicz/

What’s changed?

Not a whole lot. Though this murder happened 25 years ago, in this #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter era, women and non-White workers still endure severe mistreatment.

Those who can’t prove discrimination under civil rights law have few protections against abuse. Yet the data still points to women and non-White workers as the ones bearing the brunt of abuse at work. So given severe abuse of two workers with damages to their health, only the one who can prove discrimination has legal recourse — even if both were the targets of discrimination or unconscious bias.

The law is inadequate to protect even those in protected classes.

The facts support abusive behavior happening along gender and race lines even in the State House:

  • In 2011, The Eagle Tribune reported that Rep. Harriett Stanley was moved to the basement and removed from a committee chairmanship after frequently voting against leadership on major issues. 
  • In July 2017, Commonwealth Magazine reported that Rep. Russell Holmes was removed as House vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing after he coalesced “behind a progressive candidate for speaker after Rep. Brian Dempsey, the consensus successor to DeLeo, announced he was resigning his seat.” Holmes lost pay with the loss of leadership. According to the article, other alleged abuse tactics included ousting former Rep. James Vallee and Rep. Charley Murphy for challenging leadership or exploring a run for Speaker and waiting for legislators’ support of hikes before assignments were given.
  • This past August, State House News Service reported dissent about unlimited terms from 11 reps. More than half of them are no longer in the House, and one lost his vice-chairmanship after speaking about the problems with eliminating term limits.

It is also rumored that there are patterns of leaders ghosting/freezing out those who challenge leadership through votes or complaints of retaliation. Some legislators allegedly miss votes to avoid both voting against their constituents and consequences from not voting along leaders’ wishes. Some submit legislation fully knowing that it will never be addressed, and some have given up submitting at all. 

The result: our legislators often don’t actually represent constituents. If they’re not representing constituents, who are they representing?

What’s more: it’s been reported that there’s been no appointment of an EEOC officer in one and a half years. Legislators and staff members, including those in protected classes, have nowhere at the State House to turn to about abusive behavior.

You can change that. 

Call and email your state rep and state senator to ask them to co-sponsor the workplace anti-abuse Healthy Workplace Bill. This session, the docket number is SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment without regard to protected class status introduced by Senator Paul Feeney (there is no House number). 

Here’s the full text of the bill: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355

Ask if they’ll go into the LAWS system to sign onto the bill this session. 

Find your legislators: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Your calls to make severe workplace abuse illegal are working

Photo by bruce mars on Pexels.com

Senator Paul Feeney (D-Walpole) just introduced the workplace anti-abuse Healthy Workplace Bill as SD 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. We have until Friday, February 1 to sign on co-sponsors. Then we’ll get a new bill number that we’ll use to promote the bill for the rest of the two-year session.

These legislators have already signed on as co-sponsors:
Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth)
Senator Rebecca Rausch (D-Needham)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)
Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)
Rep. Carmine Gentile (D-Watertown)
Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (D-Framingham)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield)
Rep. Maria Robinson (D-Framingham)
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton)
Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden)

Call and email your state legislators
Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to:

  1. Call your own State Rep AND State Senator. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.
  2. Followup with an email. Tell your legislators why you want them to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355 and why you want the bill to pass. 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
    https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355
  3. Ask others to do the same.

Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are »
Check in to see who’s co-sponsored the bill (updated daily) »

If you want to do more or are out of state
Send emails to these three different groups (either individually or all at once) with three different messages:

Email #1: Committed this session but haven’t signed on yet
Thank these legislators for committing to co-sponsoring workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want protections for all employees from severe abuse at work, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton), Joanne.Comerford@masenate.gov
Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro), julian.cyr@masenate.gov
Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov
Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), anne.gobi@masenate.gov
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), Michael.Moore@masenate.gov
Senator Walter Timilty (D-Milton), Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose), Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge), Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov
Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov 
Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth), Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington), Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Northborough), Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro), james.hawkins@mahouse.gov
Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg), Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov
Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster), Natalie.Higgins@mahouse.gov
Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston), Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov 
Rep. John J. Lawn (D-Newton), John.Lawn@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Leboeuf (D-Worcester), david.leboeuf@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Boston), Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Mark (D-Hancock), Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham), Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov
Rep. Christina Minicucci (D-Andover), christina.minicucci@mahouse.gov 
Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleboro), Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov
Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River), Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke), Aaron.Vega@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jonathan D. Zlotnik (D-Worcester), Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov

Email all at once:
Joanne.Comerford@masenate.gov, julian.cyr@masenate.gov, Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov, anne.gobi@masenate.gov, Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov, Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov, Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov, Dylan.Fernandes@mahouse.gov, Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov, Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov, james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, Natalie.Higgins@mahouse.gov, Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov, John.Lawn@mahouse.gov, david.leboeuf@mahouse.gov, Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov, Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov, Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov, christina.minicucci@mahouse.gov, Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov, Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov, Aaron.Vega@mahouse.gov, Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov

Email #2: Co-sponsored last session or supported through Budget Amendment but haven’t signed on yet (and not on previous list)
Thank these legislators for their past support workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton), Michael.Brady@masenate.gov
Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Belmont), William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston), Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov
Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), brendan.crighton@masenate.gov 
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov 
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton), James.Eldridge@masenate.gov
Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov 
Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield), Donald.Humason@masenate.gov
Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem), Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov
Senator James T. Welch (D-W. Springfield), James.Welch@masenate.gov
Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford), James.Arciero@mahouse.gov
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow), Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy), Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Medford), Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov
Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy), Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Claire D. Cronin (D-Easton), Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester), Ann-Margaret.Ferrante@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown), Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton), Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton), Louis.Kafka@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton), Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov 
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester), John.Mahoney@mahouse.gov
Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston), James.O’Day@mahouse.gov
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley), Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov
Rep. John C. Velis (D-Westfield), john.velis@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Vieira (R-Falmouth), David.Vieira@mahouse.gov
Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere), RoseLee.Vincent@mahouse.gov

Email all at once:
Michael.Brady@masenate.gov, William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov, Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov, brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, James.Eldridge@masenate.gov, Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov, Donald.Humason@masenate.gov, Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov, James.Welch@masenate.gov, James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov, Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov, Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov, Ann-Margaret.Ferrante@mahouse.gov, Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov, Louis.Kafka@mahouse.gov, Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov, John.Mahoney@mahouse.gov, James.O’Day@mahouse.gov, Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, john.velis@mahouse.gov, David.Vieira@mahouse.gov, RoseLee.Vincent@mahouse.gov

Email #3: New, didn’t commit to co-sponsoring this session, and/or didn’t co-sponsor last session and haven’t signed on
Tell them about workplace abuse legislation, tell them why you want the legislation to pass, let them know the docket number is SD 1355, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov
Senator Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov
Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov
Senator Nick Collins (D-Boston), Nick.Collins@masenate.gov
Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov
Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), brendan.crighton@masenate.gov
Senator Barry Finegold (D-Andover), Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov
Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington), Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov
Senator Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield), adam.hinds@masenate.gov
Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov
Senator John Kennan (D-Quincy), John.Keenan@masenate.gov
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Lowell), edward.kennedy@masenate.gov
Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), eric.lesser@masenate.gov
Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov
Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov
Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov
Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov
Senator Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury), Mike.Rush@masenate.gov
Senator Karen Pilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov
Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov
Senator Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg), dean.tran@masenate.gov
Rep. John Barrett (D-N. Adams), john.barrett@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield), F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg), Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov
Rep. Donald Berthiaume (R-Worcester), Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Biele (D-Boston), David.Biele@mahouse.gov
Rep. Natalie Blais (D-Sunderland), Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov
Rep. Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick), Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov
Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford), Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov
Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn), Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov
Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov
Rep. Peter Capano (D-Lynn), peter.capano@mahouse.gov
Rep. Daniel Carey (D-Easthampton), daniel.carey@mahouse.gov
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton), Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov
Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington), michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Edward Coppinger (D-Boston), Edward.Coppinger@mahouse.gov
Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville), William.Crocker@mahouse.gov
Rep. Claire Cronin (D-Easton), Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov
Rep. Daniel Cullinane (D-Boston), Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Boston), Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov
Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (R-Bridgewater), Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov
Rep. Michael Day (D-Stoneham), Michael.Day@mahouse.gov
Rep. David DeCoste (R-Plymouth), David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov
Rep. Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Marcos Devers (D-Lawrence), marcos.devers@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst), mindy.domb@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford), Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov
Rep. Shawn Dooley (R-Medfield), Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov
Rep. William Driscoll (D-Milton), William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov
Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton), michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov
Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov
Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain), nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield), Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden), Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov
Rep. Michael Finn (D-W. Springfield), Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov
Rep. Carole Fiola (D-Fall River), Carole.Fiola@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov 
Rep. William Galvin (D-Canton), William.Galvin@mahouse.gov
Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham), Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov
Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut), Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov
Rep. Susan Gifford (R-Wareham), Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov
Rep. Thomas Golden (D-Lowell), Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov
Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield), Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov
Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov
Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-Acton), tami.gouveia@mahouse.gov
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov
Rep. Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn), richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sheila Harrington (R-Groton), Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov
Rep. Christopher Hendricks (D-New Bedford), christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov
Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich), Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Kate.Hogan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton), Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk), Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov
Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester), Daniel.Hunt@mahouse.gov
Rep. Randy Hunt (E-East Sandwich), Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov
Rep. Bradley Jone (R-N. Reading), Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov
Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov
Rep. Patrick Kearney (D-Scituate), patrick.kearney@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester), Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov
Rep. James Kelcourse (R-Amesbury), james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Worcester), Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov
Rep. Kathleen LaNatra (D-Kingston), kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), David.Linsky@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Boston), Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov
Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston), Adrian.Madaro@mahouse.gov
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain), Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov
Rep. Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy), Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Mark (D-Hancock), Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov
Rep. Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth), Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov
Rep. Joseph McGonagle (D-Everett), Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Worcester), joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov
Rep. Joan Meschino (D-Hull), Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov
Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov
Rep. Liz Miranda (D-Dorchester), liz.miranda@mahouse.gov
Rep. Leonard Mirra (R-Newbury), Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov
Rep. Rady Mom (D-Lowell), Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov
Rep. Frank Moran (D-Lawrence), Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov
Rep. Michael Moran (D-Brighton), Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Muradian (R-Worcester), David.Muradian@mahouse.gov
Rep. Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth), Mathew.Muratore@mahouse.gov
Rep. James Murphy (D-Weymouth), James.Murphy@mahouse.gov
Rep. Brian Murray (D-Milford), Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Nangle (D-Lowell), David.Nangle@mahouse.gov
Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Clinton), Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov
Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-Andover), tram.nguyen@mahouse.gov
Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov
Rep. Normal Orrall (R-Lakeville), norman.orrall@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly), Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov
Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley), Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov
Rep. Thomas Petrolati (D-Ludlow), Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov
Rep. Will (Smitty) Pignatelli (D-Lenox), rep.smitty@mahouse.gov
Rep. David Robertson (D-Tewksbury), david.robertson@mahouse.gov
Rep. Dave Rogers (D-Belmont), Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov
Rep. John Rogers (D-Norwood), John.Rogers@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin), Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov
Rep. Dan Ryan (D-Charlestown), Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jon Santiago (D-Boston), jon.santiago@mahouse.gov
Rep. Angelo Scaccia (D-Readville), Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Schmid (D-Westport), Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov
Rep. Todd Smola (R-Palmer), Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov
Rep. Michael Soter (R-Bellingham), michael.soter@mahouse.gov
Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers), Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov
Rep. Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham), Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov
Rep. William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), William.Straus@mahouse.gov
Rep. Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington), alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov
Rep. Paul Tucker (D-Salem), Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov
Rep. Chynah Tyler (D-Boston), Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov
Rep. Andy Vargas (D-Haverhill), andy.vargas@mahouse.gov
Rep. Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline), tommy.vitolo@mahouse.gov
Rep. Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee), Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov
Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody), Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov
Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Barnstable), Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov
Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (I-Athol), Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov
Rep. Bud Williams (D-Springfield), Bud.Williams@mahouse.gov
Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus), Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov

Email all at once:
Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov, Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov, Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov, Nick.Collins@masenate.gov, Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, brendan.crighton@masenate.gov, Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov, Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov, adam.hinds@masenate.gov, Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, John.Keenan@masenate.gov, edward.kennedy@masenate.gov, eric.lesser@masenate.gov, Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov, Marc.Pacheco@masenate.gov, Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov, Mike.Rush@masenate.gov, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov, dean.tran@masenate.gov, john.barrett@mahouse.gov, F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, David.Biele@mahouse.gov, Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov, Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cahill@mahouse.gov, Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, peter.capano@mahouse.gov, daniel.carey@mahouse.gov, Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov, Edward.Coppinger@mahouse.gov, William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov, Mark.Cusack@mahouse.gov, Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov, Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov, Michael.Day@mahouse.gov, David.DeCoste@mahouse.gov, Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, marcos.devers@mahouse.gov, mindy.domb@mahouse.gov, Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov, Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov, William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov, michelle.dubois@mahouse.gov, Peter.Durant@mahouse.gov, nika.elugardo@mahouse.gov, Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov, Kimberly.Ferguson@mahouse.gov, Michael.Finn@mahouse.gov, Carole.Fiola@mahouse.gov, Paul.Frost@mahouse.gov, William.Galvin@mahouse.gov, Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov, Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov, Susan.Gifford@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov, Carlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.gov, Ken.Gordon@mahouse.gov, tami.gouveia@mahouse.gov, Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov, richard.haggerty@mahouse.gov, Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov, christopher.hendricks@mahouse.gov, Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov, Kate.Hogan@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Honan@mahouse.gov, Steven.Howitt@mahouse.gov, Daniel.Hunt@mahouse.gov, Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov, Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov, Hannah.Kane@mahouse.gov, patrick.kearney@mahouse.gov, Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov, james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov, Kevin.Kuros@mahouse.gov, kathleen.lanatra@mahouse.gov, David.Linsky@mahouse.gov, Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov, Marc.Lombardo@mahouse.gov, Adrian.Madaro@mahouse.gov, Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov, Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov, Paul.Mark@mahouse.gov, Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov, Joseph.McGonagle@mahouse.gov, joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, Joan.Meschino@mahouse.gov, Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov, liz.miranda@mahouse.gov, Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov, Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov, Frank.Moran@mahouse.gov, Michael.Moran@mahouse.gov, David.Muradian@mahouse.gov, Mathew.Muratore@mahouse.gov, James.Murphy@mahouse.gov, Brian.Murray@mahouse.gov, David.Nangle@mahouse.gov, Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov, tram.nguyen@mahouse.gov, Shaunna.O’Connell@mahouse.gov, norman.orrall@mahouse.gov, Jerald.Parisella@mahouse.gov, Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov, Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov, rep.smitty@mahouse.gov, david.robertson@mahouse.gov, Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov, John.Rogers@mahouse.gov, Jeffrey.Roy@mahouse.gov, Dan.Ryan@mahouse.gov, jon.santiago@mahouse.gov, Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov, Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov, Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov, michael.soter@mahouse.gov, Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov, William.Straus@mahouse.gov, alyson.sullivan@mahouse.gov, Jose.Tosado@mahouse.gov, Paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov, Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.gov, andy.vargas@mahouse.gov, tommy.vitolo@mahouse.gov, Joseph.Wagner@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov, Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov, Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, Bud.Williams@mahouse.gov, Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov 

10 days left to urge your Massachusetts state legislators to sign onto workplace abuse legislation

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Legislators can sign on to Senate Docket Number 1355 to support the workplace anti-abuse Healthy Workplace Bill. We have less than two weeks — until February 1 — to ask all of our state legislators to co-sponsor the bill. (Then we’ll get a new bill number that we’ll use to promote the bill for the rest of the two-year session.)

We need your help.

Call and email your state legislators
Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to:
Call your own State Rep AND State Senator. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.
Followup with an email. Tell your legislators why you want them to sign onto Senate Docket Number 1355 and why you want the bill to pass. 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
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1355
Ask others to do the same.

If you live outside of Massachusetts and want to help, call these two numbers and ask the same thing:
Senate President Karen Spilka, 617-722-1500
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, 617-722-2500
 
Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are
Check in to see who’s co-sponsored the bill (updated daily)

Join us for a Lobby Day
What makes even more of a difference is meeting with your legislators, allowing them to put a person and a story behind the cause. And we can meet as a group to make it easier on you and more impactful on the legislator.
Call your State Rep AND State Senator and ask whoever answers the phone if you can setup an appointment with your legislator on Wednesday, January 30 between 11am-1pm at the State House. (If they don’t have any time between those hours available, try to get an appointment sometime in the afternoon close to 1pm).
If you get an appointment, take the day or afternoon off from work (or join us on your lunch break if you’re in the Boston area).
Email info@mahealthyworkplace.com with your name, legislator name, and meeting time. If you can’t get an appointment that day or at all, feel free to join us anyways and still RSVP so we can send you the location where we’ll all meet at 11am.

We’ll join you at the meeting as a group and take care of everything else (figuring out their office location, navigating the State House, and bringing flyers). 

Thanks for your persistence on this bill, knowing that bills often take years to pass.

A teacher reveals her story of hope after workplace abuse

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In July of 2012, I was hired as a 4th-Grade Teacher for the 2012-2013 school year in a Massachusetts school district. It was my first public school teaching job. The school was located in a low-income neighborhood and was a “Level 3” school due to poor performance on MCAS. None of this worried me because this was the exact type of setting I had done many of my practica and student teaching in during my college years. During the required pre-employment physical, I was honest about my diagnoses of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, explaining that I’d been stable for the last six years thanks to therapy and medication. At the orientation for new teachers the week before school started, I met the New Teacher Liaison, who expressed her excitement to have someone as passionate about the job as I was. The school’s Literacy Coach, “Sheila,” echoed these sentiments. I was assigned a mentor at my school, an ESL Teacher named “Barbara.” I thought I was making a great start since I seemed to already have a few friends in these women. The women on my teaching team (the other three 4th-grade teachers in the school) seemed like good collaborators. Part of the mentoring program for new teachers in this district was having monthly meetings with all mentors and mentees in the school, along with attending a bi-monthly class with other new teachers, taught by a veteran teacher in the district, and I was looking forward to this kind of group support.

Looking back, it’s difficult to pinpoint the specific moment I started to realize something was really wrong. During the first three months or so at the job, there were a few trends that in hindsight were signs of an unhealthy workplace but at the time just seemed like ordinary stressors of the job. Being a “Level 3” school, “Susan” the principal was always concerned about student test scores, relating everything we did as teachers back to “will this improve our test scores?” She looked at students not as human beings but as numbers in a table. Second, the mentors in the school, including “Barbara,” didn’t really seem to be the advocates for us I thought they’d be. One time, a fellow new teacher missed one of the monthly meetings, saying in tears that she was so overwhelmed with the amount of work she had to do that she couldn’t spare the time to come meet. Instead of offering to help her with some of this work or offering her some time-management strategies, the mentor was short with the new teacher, saying “these meetings are required, and you have to be here. I don’t know what else to say to you.” Another time, I expressed to “Barbara” that I was planning and grading work for several hours every evening and asked for help with how to score student work a bit more quickly. She said “Your mom is a teacher, right? Maybe she could help you.” This woman was my assigned mentor, and it was literally her job to help me with this kind of thing, but she couldn’t be bothered. Third, “Barbara” and the rest of the 4th grade team would frequently order lunch together and never once thought to invite me.

There were many, many other early signs, but to list them all is unnecessary. I started to realize that “Barbara” and my teaching team were all part of “Susan’s” clique of teachers she favored, and anyone outside that clique was a second-class citizen in the building. I resolved to do everything right in order to try and stay on her good side. Even so, “Susan” never had anything positive to say after she would observe me teaching, only suggestions for improvement, which I would always make sure to fix by the next time she came in. Each next time, she wouldn’t even say anything like “good job fixing the things I told you to fix” — just more ways I had to improve. My colleagues told me not to worry about lack of positive feedback, saying “that’s just ‘Susan’s’ leadership style.”

About halfway through the year, “Susan” began monitoring my every move. It started when she requested to meet with me about one particular student, telling me he wasn’t making enough progress but not offering me any concrete advice. Next, she made me send her anything I was going to send home to families for her to check over. She would call me into her office and reprimand me about minor issues of how I worded things in newsletters. Next, she sent in “Sheila” the literacy coach to help me during reading time, which I was grateful for at first. But then “Sheila” would tell me to try a certain strategy, I’d try it, and “Susan” would come in to observe and ask me why I was doing that. When I’d say that it’s something “Sheila” suggested, she responded with “well you need to judge what’s right for your kids. Don’t just do what she suggests.” “Barbara” would come in and observe me and then come to me and list off all of the students who she saw goofing off without any suggestions for how to get them all to stay focused for independent reading.

Things only got worse from there. At the bimonthly class for new teachers, I expressed my frustration that my principal wasn’t giving me any helpful advice. The woman teaching the class suggested I ask “Susan” to come in and model teaching a lesson her way. I asked “Susan” the next day, and she looked at me as if I had three heads and dismissed me outright. Then several months later during a meeting, another teacher asked her to come in and model a lesson, and she happily agreed. I left the room, went up to my classroom, and cried until one of the teachers on my team called my room and rudely asked me to return to the meeting. Using my prep time to lock myself in the staff bathroom and cry became an almost daily occurrence. One time when she observed me, it was a lesson my team and I had all planned together, and “Susan” metaphorically ripped it apart, saying it had gone on too long. I told her it was what the team had planned, and again she said that “you need to know what’s best for your students. Don’t blame your team.”

One weekend in March, the faculty all attended a literacy conference in New York City. It was a large conference, and once we were there, I didn’t see “Susan” at all. The following Monday, she came into my room and accused me of not actually attending the conference as well as handing me an envelope and then leaving. The envelope said that I wasn’t going to be re-hired. She didn’t even think I deserved a face-to-face conversation about it.

From this point, my mental health began a downward spiral. I started having thoughts of suicide again, a symptom I’d thought I’d conquered six years prior. I had to increase visits to my therapist and increase my medication. During my daily commute, I’d start hyperventilating as soon as I was within a mile of the building. I would cry daily at work, after work, or both. I felt like I was worthless, a waste of space, that my life had no purpose. I got my union rep involved, and she helped me set up a meeting with “Susan,” during which she made a good case for me, even getting the union president of the district involved. But since I was a new teacher, the law was still on “Susan’s” side. The union offered to take it to arbitration, but at that point I didn’t want to be working there anymore anyway. But I still had to finish out the school year. It was three months of sheer hell. I never let it show when I was with the kids, staying professional and upbeat through it all. But internally, I felt like I was a failure in the career I had wanted my whole life and I was ready to completely abandon the teaching field.

Thankfully, the stars aligned for me just after my last day at that job, and a new job for September fell into my lap at a school in another district, with a principal and mentor who both empathized with what I’d gone through and wanted to see me do well. I’m still there to this day and I’m also the union rep in the building, something I became interested in doing after my previous job. In terms of my mental health, I’d say I’ve made almost a full recovery, although any change in school or district leadership is still triggering for me because of the possibility that any new boss could be another “Susan.”

I want to see this legislation pass because if I hadn’t had the support network of family and friends that I did, I don’t know how I would have ended up. The idea of state law being a possible recourse for someone in a situation like mine with nowhere else to go gives me hope. My advice for anyone going through it would be this: sometimes people in power abuse that power. They stop seeing their employees as human beings with goals, fears, and emotions. It has nothing to do with anything the target did wrong and everything to do with the toxic mindset of the abuser. Just like other types of harassment, workplace abuse is never the target’s fault.