TODAY: Speak or show your support at the hearing to move workplace abuse legislation forward

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At 1pm today, we’ll testify in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development:

Tuesday, June 25
1pm
Massachusetts State House, room B-1 (note room change)


This hearing is public. If you plan to testify or simply want to show up in support, you’re welcome and encouraged to be there so we can fill the room. It will likely be hours long and standing room only. (If you will attend but not testify but would still like to submit testimony, we ask you to email your testimony to the list of Joint Committee members and their staffers below.)

If you plan to testify, arrive before 1pm to sign in.

If you’re part of an organization, encourage your members to attend so we can fill the room.

How to testify
If you’d like to tell your story, draft your story in one page:
Where did you work and what did you do?
How did the abuse begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace abuse legislation to pass?
What advice do you have for others going through abuse at work?

Dos and don’ts of speaking at the hearing
DO speak about your experience. Speak from the heart about how workplace abuse affected you, especially how it harmed your health and affected your personal relationships. Remember that legislators want to hear from you.

DO keep your testimony to under two minutes. By the end of the hours-long hearing, legislators may be tired. The last thing we want to do is turn them off, so stick to the facts and to your own experience and keep it brief. It’s difficult to summarize months or years of abuse into two minutes, but it’s important to do so.

DO stick to our talking points. Refresh yourself on the main points we want to get across:Accountability, not just training or company policy, is what will change behavior.There will be a high threshold for recovery.The bill is based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of a hostile work environment for sexual harassment.The bill enters the picture only when the abusive behaviors have become severe and harmful.Employers can minimize their liability exposure by acting preventively and responsively toward abuse.The bill focuses on addressing the abusive behavior, not killing jobs. (Many targets already lose jobs, choosing their health over daily suffering.)

DO visit your state rep and senator that day. Before or after the hearing, stop by your legislators’ offices and ask them to write to Committee Chair Pat Jehlen in support of the Senate Bill 1072, the Healthy Workplace Bill. That’s one state rep and one state senator. Try to make an appointment with them beforehand. If you can only speak with an aide, do that. Aides will pass along information to legislators. The State House is hard to navigate, so write down the State House room numbers before that day, bring them with you, and don’t be afraid to ask someone how to get to those offices. Bring these fact sheets and article with you (copies for each legislator):
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet.pdf
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet3.pdf
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 

DO email the fact sheets to your legislators if you can’t make it that day. Your legislators want to hear from you.

DON’T mention bully’s names or workplaces — unless asked. The goal is to pass the bill, not to out a boss or workplace.

DON’T feel like you have to testify to show support. If you’re not ready to speak under two minutes about your experience, don’t feel obligated to speak. You may not be ready, and that’s ok. Showing your support by attending is much appreciated whether or not you speak.
 
Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are

Let’s keep the pressure on
In the meantime, let’s keep pressure on members of the committee.
 Last session, this bill sat with this committee for about eight months before it moved forward, leaving little time to move the bill through the rest of the session.

This session, we can put pressure on the committee members, especially Senate Chair Pat Jehlen of Medford, Somerville, Cambridge wards 9 to 11, and Winchester, precincts 4 to 7:
Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov
(617) 722-1578
Aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov

We can educate Senator Jehlen and Mark Martinez on the nuances of the bill through meetings, phone calls, and emails. Meetings are the most effective, and we recommend scheduling those with Mark Martinez directly.

Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to meet with your legislator if he or she is on this committee (members are listed below). If you can’t meet with your legislator:

Call your own legislator if he or she is on the list below. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status, forward. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.

Followup with an email. Tell the legislator why you want him or her to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072 forward 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
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1072/

Ask others who live in their districts to do the same. (Find out if someone is in a legislator’s district.)


Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Members:

CHAIR: Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville)Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578 (aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Senator Jason Lewis (D-Melrose)Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1206 (aide: Dennis Burke, dennis.burke@masenate.gov)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett)Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1650 (aide: Christopher Smith, christopher.smith@masenate.gov)
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy)John.Keenan@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1494 (scheduler: Doreen Bargoot, doreen.bargoot@masenate.gov, and aide: Abigail Kim, abigail.kim@masenate.gov)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Worcester)Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1485 (aide: Shelly MacNeill, shelly.macneill@masenate.gov)
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Scituate)Patrick.OConnor@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1646 (aide: Gregory Denton, gregory.denton@masenate.gov)

House Members:
CHAIR: Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013 (aide: Patrick Prendergast, patrick.prendergast@mahouse.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg)Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2220 (aide: Megan Pierce, megan.pierce@mahouse.gov)
Rep. John Barrett III (D-Adams)john.barrett@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2305
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton)Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2396 (aide: Bridget Plouffe, bridget.plouffe@mahouse.gov)
Rep. William Crocker (R-Barnstable)William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2014 (aide: Kaitlin Wright, kaitlin.wright@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro)james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Boston)Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2380 (scheduler: Natalie Kaufman, natalie.kaufman@mahouse. gov)
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Douglas)joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2060 (aide: Lori Burrows, lori.burrows@mahouse.gov)
Rep. David Allen Robertson (D-Wilmington)david.robertson@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2210
Rep. Steve Ultrino (D-Malden)Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2460 (aide: Sarah Gonsenhauser, sarah.gonsenhauser@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Susannah Whipps (I-Athol)Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2090 (aide: Missi Eaton, melissa.eaton@mahouse.gov)

If you live in Senate President Karen Spilka’s district (Ashland), we ask you to do the same:
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1500 (aide: Jonah Beckley, jonah.beckley@masenate.gov)


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The Boston Globe (Spotlight reporter)
The LA Times
Truthout
Redbook

Tomorrow: Speak or show your support at the hearing

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Tomorrow, we’ll testify in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development:

Tuesday, June 25
1pm
Massachusetts State House, room B-2


This hearing is public. If you plan to testify or simply want to show up in support, you’re welcome and encouraged to be there so we can fill the room. It will likely be hours long and standing room only.

If you plan to testify, arrive before 1pm to sign in.

If you’re part of an organization, encourage your members to attend so we can fill the room.

How to testify
If you’d like to tell your story, draft your story in one page:
Where did you work and what did you do?
How did the abuse begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace abuse legislation to pass?
What advice do you have for others going through abuse at work?

Dos and don’ts of speaking at the hearing

DO speak about your experience. Speak from the heart about how workplace abuse affected you, especially how it harmed your health and affected your personal relationships. Remember that legislators want to hear from you.

DO keep your testimony to under two minutes. By the end of the hours-long hearing, legislators may be tired. The last thing we want to do is turn them off, so stick to the facts and to your own experience and keep it brief. It’s difficult to summarize months or years of abuse into two minutes, but it’s important to do so.

DO stick to our talking points. Refresh yourself on the main points we want to get across:Accountability, not just training or company policy, is what will change behavior.There will be a high threshold for recovery.The bill is based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of a hostile work environment for sexual harassment.The bill enters the picture only when the abusive behaviors have become severe and harmful.Employers can minimize their liability exposure by acting preventively and responsively toward abuse.The bill focuses on addressing the abusive behavior, not killing jobs. (Many targets already lose jobs, choosing their health over daily suffering.)

DO visit your state rep and senator that day. Before or after the hearing, stop by your legislators’ offices and ask them to write to Committee Chair Pat Jehlen in support of the Senate Bill 1072, Healthy Workplace Bill. That’s one state rep and one state senator. Try to make an appointment with them beforehand. If you can only speak with an aide, do that. Aides will pass along information to legislators. The State House is hard to navigate, so write down the State House room numbers before that day, bring them with you, and don’t be afraid to ask someone how to get to those offices. Bring these fact sheets and article with you (copes for each legislator):
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet.pdf
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet3.pdf
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 

DO email the fact sheets to your legislators if you can’t make it that day. Your legislators want to hear from you.

DON’T mention bully’s names or workplaces — unless asked. The goal is to pass the law, not to out a boss or workplace.

DON’T feel like you have to testify to show support. If you’re not ready to speak under two minutes about your experience, don’t feel obligated to speak. You may not be ready, and that’s ok. Showing your support by attending is much appreciated whether or not you speak.
 
Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are

Let’s keep the pressure on
In the meantime, let’s keep pressure on members of the committee.
 Last session, this bill sat with this committee for about eight months before it moved forward, leaving little time to move the bill through the rest of the session.

This session, we can put pressure on the committee members, especially Senate Chair Pat Jehlen of Medford, Somerville, Cambridge wards 9 to 11, and Winchester, precincts 4 to 7:
Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov
(617) 722-1578
Aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov

We can educate Senator Jehlen and Mark Martinez on the nuances of the bill through meetings, phone calls, and emails. Meetings are the most effective, and we recommend scheduling those with Mark Martinez directly.

Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to meet with your legislator if he or she is on this committee (members are listed below). If you can’t meet with your legislator:
Call your own legislator if he or she is on the list below. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status, forward. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.
Followup with an email. Tell the legislator why you want him or her to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072 forward 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
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1072/
Ask others who live in their districts to do the same. (Find out if someone is in a legislator’s district.)

Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Members:

CHAIR: Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville)Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578 (aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Senator Jason Lewis (D-Melrose)Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1206 (aide: Dennis Burke, dennis.burke@masenate.gov)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett)Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1650 (aide: Christopher Smith, christopher.smith@masenate.gov)
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy)John.Keenan@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1494 (scheduler: Doreen Bargoot, doreen.bargoot@masenate.gov, and aide: Abigail Kim, abigail.kim@masenate.gov)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Worcester)Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1485 (aide: Shelly MacNeill, shelly.macneill@masenate.gov)
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Scituate)Patrick.OConnor@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1646 (aide: Gregory Denton, gregory.denton@masenate.gov)

House Members:
CHAIR: Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013 (aide: Patrick Prendergast, patrick.prendergast@mahouse.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg)Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2220 (aide: Megan Pierce, megan.pierce@mahouse.gov)
Rep. John Barrett III (D-Adams)john.barrett@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2305
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton)Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2396 (aide: Bridget Plouffe, bridget.plouffe@mahouse.gov)
Rep. William Crocker (R-Barnstable)William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2014 (aide: Kaitlin Wright, kaitlin.wright@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro)james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Boston)Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2380 (scheduler: Natalie Kaufman, natalie.kaufman@mahouse. gov)
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Douglas)joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2060 (aide: Lori Burrows, lori.burrows@mahouse.gov)
Rep. David Allen Robertson (D-Wilmington)david.robertson@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2210
Rep. Steve Ultrino (D-Malden)Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2460 (aide: Sarah Gonsenhauser, sarah.gonsenhauser@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Susannah Whipps (I-Athol)Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2090 (aide: Missi Eaton, melissa.eaton@mahouse.gov)

If you live in Senate President Karen Spilka’s district (Ashland), we ask you to do the same:
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1500 (aide: Jonah Beckley, jonah.beckley@masenate.gov)

NEXT TUESDAY! Speak or show your support at the hearing to move workplace abuse legislation forward

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Next Tuesday, we’ll testify in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNote the newly announced location:

Tuesday, June 25
1pm
Massachusetts State House, room B-2


This hearing is public. If you plan to testify or simply want to show up in support, you’re welcome and encouraged to be there so we can fill the room. It will likely be hours long and standing room only.

If you plan to testify, arrive before 1pm to sign in.

If you’re part of an organization, encourage your members to attend so we can fill the room.

How to testify
If you’d like to tell your story, draft your story in one page:
Where did you work and what did you do?
How did the abuse begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace abuse legislation to pass?
What advice do you have for others going through abuse at work?

Dos and don’ts of speaking at the hearing
DO speak about your experience. Speak from the heart about how workplace abuse affected you, especially how it harmed your health and affected your personal relationships. Remember that legislators want to hear from you.

DO keep your testimony to under two minutes. By the end of the hours-long hearing, legislators may be tired. The last thing we want to do is turn them off, so stick to the facts and to your own experience and keep it brief. It’s difficult to summarize months or years of abuse into two minutes, but it’s important to do so.

DO stick to our talking points. Refresh yourself on the main points we want to get across:Accountability, not just training or company policy, is what will change behavior.There will be a high threshold for recovery.The bill is based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of a hostile work environment for sexual harassment.The bill enters the picture only when the abusive behaviors have become severe and harmful.Employers can minimize their liability exposure by acting preventively and responsively toward abuse.The bill focuses on addressing the abusive behavior, not killing jobs. (Many targets already lose jobs, choosing their health over daily suffering.)

DO visit your state rep and senator that day. Before or after the hearing, stop by your legislators’ offices and ask them to write to Committee Chair Pat Jehlen in support of the Senate Bill 1072, Healthy Workplace Bill. That’s one state rep and one state senator. Try to make an appointment with them beforehand. If you can only speak with an aide, do that. Aides will pass along information to legislators. The State House is hard to navigate, so write down the State House room numbers before that day, bring them with you, and don’t be afraid to ask someone how to get to those offices. Bring these fact sheets and article with you (copes for each legislator):
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet.pdf
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet3.pdf
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 

DO email the fact sheets to your legislators if you can’t make it that day. Your legislators want to hear from you.

DON’T mention bully’s names or workplaces — unless asked. The goal is to pass the law, not to out a boss or workplace.

DON’T feel like you have to testify to show support. If you’re not ready to speak under two minutes about your experience, don’t feel obligated to speak. You may not be ready, and that’s ok. Showing your support by attending is much appreciated whether or not you speak.
 
Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are.

Let’s keep the pressure on
In the meantime, let’s keep pressure on members of the committee.
 Last session, this bill sat with this committee for about eight months before it moved forward, leaving little time to move the bill through the rest of the session.

This session, we can put pressure on the committee members, especially Senate Chair Pat Jehlen of Medford, Somerville, Cambridge wards 9 to 11, and Winchester, precincts 4 to 7:
Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov
(617) 722-1578
Aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov

We can educate Senator Jehlen and Mark Martinez on the nuances of the bill through meetings, phone calls, and emails. Meetings are the most effective, and we recommend scheduling those with Mark Martinez directly.

Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to meet with your legislator if he or she is on this committee (members are listed below). If you can’t meet with your legislator:

Call your own legislator if he or she is on the list below. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status, forward. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.

Followup with an email. Tell the legislator why you want him or her to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072 forward 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
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1072/

Ask others who live in their districts to do the same. (Find out if someone is in a legislator’s district.)


Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Members:

CHAIR: Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville)Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578 (aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Senator Jason Lewis (D-Melrose)Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1206 (aide: Dennis Burke, dennis.burke@masenate.gov)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett)Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1650 (aide: Christopher Smith, christopher.smith@masenate.gov)
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy)John.Keenan@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1494 (scheduler: Doreen Bargoot, doreen.bargoot@masenate.gov, and aide: Abigail Kim, abigail.kim@masenate.gov)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Worcester)Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1485 (aide: Shelly MacNeill, shelly.macneill@masenate.gov)
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Scituate)Patrick.OConnor@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1646 (aide: Gregory Denton, gregory.denton@masenate.gov)

House Members:
CHAIR: Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013 (aide: Patrick Prendergast, patrick.prendergast@mahouse.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg)Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2220 (aide: Megan Pierce, megan.pierce@mahouse.gov)
Rep. John Barrett III (D-Adams)john.barrett@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2305
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton)Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2396 (aide: Bridget Plouffe, bridget.plouffe@mahouse.gov)
Rep. William Crocker (R-Barnstable)William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2014 (aide: Kaitlin Wright, kaitlin.wright@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro)james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Boston)Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2380 (scheduler: Natalie Kaufman, natalie.kaufman@mahouse. gov)
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Douglas)joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2060 (aide: Lori Burrows, lori.burrows@mahouse.gov)
Rep. David Allen Robertson (D-Wilmington)david.robertson@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2210
Rep. Steve Ultrino (D-Malden)Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2460 (aide: Sarah Gonsenhauser, sarah.gonsenhauser@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Susannah Whipps (I-Athol)Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2090 (aide: Missi Eaton, melissa.eaton@mahouse.gov)

If you live in Senate President Karen Spilka’s district (Ashland), we ask you to do the same:
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1500 (aide: Jonah Beckley, jonah.beckley@masenate.gov)

Testify at the hearing to move workplace abuse legislation forward

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Save the date! We’ll testify in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on:

Tuesday, June 25, 1pm
Massachusetts State House, room to be announced


If you’re part of an organization, encourage your members to attend so we can fill the room.

How to testify
Arrive promptly at 1pm to sign up to testify. If you’d like to tell your story, draft your story in one page:
Where did you work and what did you do?
How did the abuse begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace abuse legislation to pass?
What advice do you have for others going through abuse at work?

Dos and don’ts of speaking at the hearing
DO speak about your experience. Speak from the heart about how workplace abuse affected you, especially how it harmed your health and affected your personal relationships. Remember that legislators want to hear from you.

DO keep your testimony to under two minutes. By the end of the hours-long hearing, legislators may be tired. The last thing we want to do is turn them off, so stick to the facts and to your own experience and keep it brief. It’s difficult to summarize months or years of abuse into two minutes, but it’s important to do so.

DO stick to our talking points. Refresh yourself on the main points we want to get across:Accountability, not just training or company policy, is what will change behavior.There will be a high threshold for recovery.The bill is based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of a hostile work environment for sexual harassment.The bill enters the picture only when the abusive behaviors have become severe and harmful.Employers can minimize their liability exposure by acting preventively and responsively toward abuse.The bill focuses on addressing the abusive behavior, not killing jobs. (Many targets already lose jobs, choosing their health over daily suffering.)

DO visit your state rep and senator that day. Before or after the hearing, stop by your legislators’ offices and ask them to write to Committee Chair Pat Jehlen in support of the Senate Bill 1072, Healthy Workplace Bill. That’s one state rep and one state senator. Try to make an appointment with them beforehand. If you can only speak with an aide, do that. Aides will pass along information to legislators. The State House is hard to navigate, so write down the State House room numbers before that day, bring them with you, and don’t be afraid to ask someone how to get to those offices. Bring these fact sheets and article with you (copes for each legislator):
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet.pdf
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet3.pdf
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 

DO email the fact sheets to your legislators if you can’t make it that day. Your legislators want to hear from you.

DON’T mention bully’s names or workplaces — unless asked. The goal is to pass the law, not to out a boss or workplace.

DON’T feel like you have to testify to show support. If you’re not ready to speak under two minutes about your experience, don’t feel obligated to speak. You may not be ready, and that’s ok. Showing your support by attending is much appreciated whether or not you speak.
 
Find out who your State Rep and State Senator are

Let’s keep the pressure on
In the meantime, let’s keep pressure on members of the committee.
 Last session, this bill sat with this committee for about eight months before it moved forward, leaving little time to move the bill through the rest of the session.

This session, we can put pressure on the committee members, especially Senate Chair Pat Jehlen of Medford, Somerville, Cambridge wards 9 to 11, and Winchester, precincts 4 to 7:
Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov
(617) 722-1578
Aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov

We can educate Senator Jehlen and Mark Martinez on the nuances of the bill.

Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so we ask you to meet with your legislator if he or she is on this committee (members are listed below). If you can’t meet with your legislator:
Call your own legislator if he or she is on the list below. Tell whoever answers the phone “I’m calling to ask _____ to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072, an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status, forward. The lead sponsor is Senator Paul Feeney.” They may ask you your name and address.
Followup with an email. Tell the legislator why you want him or her to urge Senator Pat Jehlen to move Senate Bill 1072 forward 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
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1072/
Ask others who live in their districts to do the same. (Find out if someone is in a legislator’s district.)

Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Members:

CHAIR: Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville)Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578 (aide: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Senator Jason Lewis (D-Melrose)Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1206 (aide: Dennis Burke, dennis.burke@masenate.gov)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett)Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1650 (aide: Christopher Smith, christopher.smith@masenate.gov)
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy)John.Keenan@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1494 (scheduler: Doreen Bargoot, doreen.bargoot@masenate.gov, and aide: Abigail Kim, abigail.kim@masenate.gov)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Worcester)Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1485 (aide: Shelly MacNeill, shelly.macneill@masenate.gov)
Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Scituate)Patrick.OConnor@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1646 (aide: Gregory Denton, gregory.denton@masenate.gov)

House Members:
CHAIR: Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013 (aide: Patrick Prendergast, patrick.prendergast@mahouse.gov)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg)Stephan.Hay@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2220 (aide: Megan Pierce, megan.pierce@mahouse.gov)
Rep. John Barrett III (D-Adams)john.barrett@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2305
Rep. Gerard Cassidy (D-Brockton)Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2396 (aide: Bridget Plouffe, bridget.plouffe@mahouse.gov)
Rep. William Crocker (R-Barnstable)William.Crocker@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2014 (aide: Kaitlin Wright, kaitlin.wright@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro)james.hawkins@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2013
Rep. Liz Malia (D-Boston)Liz.Malia@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2380 (scheduler: Natalie Kaufman, natalie.kaufman@mahouse. gov)
Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Douglas)joseph.mckenna@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2060 (aide: Lori Burrows, lori.burrows@mahouse.gov)
Rep. David Allen Robertson (D-Wilmington)david.robertson@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2210
Rep. Steve Ultrino (D-Malden)Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2460 (aide: Sarah Gonsenhauser, sarah.gonsenhauser@mahouse.gov)
Rep. Susannah Whipps (I-Athol)Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2090 (aide: Missi Eaton, melissa.eaton@mahouse.gov)

If you live in Senate President Karen Spilka’s district (Ashland), we ask you to do the same:
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1500 (aide: Jonah Beckley, jonah.beckley@masenate.gov)

Key staffers to talk with about workplace abuse legislation

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It’s that time of the legislative session when we put pressure on staffers about workplace abuse legislation. These are staffers who work for senators on the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

If you live in these districts, know of others who live in these districts, or have connections to these senators, you can make appointments to meet with aides through these staffers.

When you meet with them, simply tell them why you want them to push Senate Bill 1072 forward.

More information to bring with you to your meeting or to email to them:
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet.pdf
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/MAWorkplaceBullyingFactSheet3.pdf
LA Times article: “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying” 
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1072/

Senate President Karen Spilka
Representing Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick (precincts 1 to 5 and 8), Franklin (precincts 5, 6, and 8), and Medway
Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1500
Room 332
Staffer: Soumia Aitelhaj, Soumia.Aitelhaj@masenate.gov

Senator Pat Jehlen
Representing Cambridge (wards 9 to 11), Medford, Somerville, and Winchester (precincts 4 to 7)
Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578
Room 424
Staffer: Mark Martinez, mark.martinez@masenate.gov

Senator Jason Lewis
Representing Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester (precincts 1 to 3 and 8)
Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1206
Room 511B
Staffer: Lizzi Tran, Elizabeth.Tran@masenate.gov

Senator Sal DiDomenico
Representing Cambridge (ward 1, ward 2, precinct 1, ward 3, ward 4, precinct 2, and ward 6 to 8), Everett, Boston (ward 2, ward 3, precinct 5, ward 21, precincts 4, 6 and 7, ward 22, and precincts 1, 2 and 5), and Chelsea
Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1650
Room 208
Staffer: Christopher Smith, christopher.smith@masenate.gov

Senator John Keenan
Representing Quincy, Braintree (precincts 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 5, 5A, 6, and 6A), Holbrook, Abington, and Rockland
John.Keenan@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1494
Room 413F
Staffer: Doreen Bargoot, doreen.bargoot@masenate.gov

Senator Michael Moore
Representing Auburn, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Northbridge (precincts 2 and 4), Shrewsbury, Upton, Worcester (wards 5 to 7 and ward 8, precincts 1 and 5)
Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1485
Room 109B
Staffer: Shelly MacNeill, shelly.macneill@masenate.gov

Senator Patrick O’Connor
Representing Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, and Weymouth
Patrick.OConnor@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1646
Room 419
Staffer: Gregory Denton, gregory.denton@masenate.gov

You can also meet with aides of state reps on the committee.

Help Rhode Island move workplace abuse legislation forward

Workplace abuse legislation passed the Rhode Island Senate last month. On Wednesday, advocates testified in front of the House Labor Committee in support of House Bill 6087, which would establish a cause of action against employers and employees for workplace bullying, harassment, and other abusive conduct.

Rhode Island is the second state in the nation to pass their state’s Senate, and they need your help in getting the bill through the House so it can become the law of the land.


Email your workplace abuse story
to the House Labor Committee members
Draft your story in one page:
Where did you work and what did you do?
How did the bullying begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace bullying legislation to pass?
What advice do you have for others going through bullying at work?

Email your story to these legislators and ask them to move House Bill 6087 favorably out of committee:
rep-williams@rilegislature.govrep-mckiernan@rilegislature.govrep-fellela@rilegislature.govrep-alzate@rilegislature.govrep-blazejewski@rilegislature.govrep-casey@rilegislature.govrep-edwards@rilegislature.govrep-jackson@rilegislature.govrep-lyle@rilegislature.govrep-mcentee@rilegislature.govrep-mcnamara@rilegislature.govrep-messier@rilegislature.govrep-millea@rilegislature.govrep-newberry@rilegislature.govrep-noret@rilegislature.govrep-ucci@rilegislature.gov

Spread the word to others, especially friends and family in Rhode Island, to either share their stories or simply write to these legislators in support of the bill.

Testify to help move workplace abuse legislation forward in Rhode Island

Just weeks ago, the Rhode Island Senate passed workplace abuse legislation. We just got word the legislation, House Bill 6087, which would establish a cause of action against employers and employees for workplace bullying, harassment, and other abusive conduct, will go up in front of the House Labor Committee. Rhode Island is the second state in the nation to pass the full bill in the state’s Senate, and we need your help in getting the bill through the House so it can become the law of the land.

Hearing:
TODAY! Wednesday, May 22, 2019
4pm
Room 203 – State House


Share your workplace abuse story at the hearing
Draft your story in one page:
Where did you work and what did you do?
How did the bullying begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace bullying legislation to pass?
What advice do you have for others going through bullying at work?
 

Dos and don’t of speaking at the hearing
DO speak about your experience. 
Speak from the heart about how workplace abuse affected you, especially how it harmed your health and affected your personal relationships. Remember that legislators want to hear from you.

DO keep your testimony to under two minutes. Stick to the facts and to your own experience and keep it brief. It’s difficult to summarize months or years of abuse into two minutes, but it’s important to do so.

DO stick to our talking points. Refresh yourself on the main points we want to get across:

  1. Accountability, not just training, is what will change behavior.
  2. There will be a high threshold for recovery.
  3. The bill is based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of a hostile work environment for sexual harassment.
  4. The bill enters the picture only when the abusive behaviors have become severe and harmful.
  5. Employers can minimize their liability exposure by acting preventively and responsively toward abuse.
  6. The bill focuses on addressing the abusive behavior, not killing jobs.
  7. Many workplace abuse targets already lose jobs, choosing their health over daily suffering.

DO visit your state rep and senator that day. Before or after the hearing, stop by your legislators’ offices and ask them to support the Healthy Workplace Bill. That’s one State Rep and one State Senator. Try to make an appointment with them beforehand. If you can only speak with an aide, do that. Aides will pass along information to legislators. The State House is hard to navigate, so write down the State House room numbers before that day, bring them with you, and don’t be afraid to ask someone how to get to those offices. Bring a copy of each of these fact sheets (two of each, one for each legislator) to leave with your legislators:
Fact sheet
Myths sheet

DO email this fact sheet to your legislators if you can’t make it that day. Your legislators want to hear from you.

DON’T mention abuser’s names or workplaces — unless asked. The goal is to pass the law, not to out a boss or workplace.

DON’T feel like you have to testify to show support. If you’re not ready to speak under two minutes about your experience, don’t feel obligated to speak. You may not be ready, and that’s ok. Showing your support by attending is much appreciated whether or not you speak.

About the bill
Workplace abuse legislation would allow targets of severe abuse at work — verbal abuse and sabotage, for example (think domestic abuse but at work) — to sue their employers. Finally, we’d hold employers accountable for abuse they generally ignore or make worse — and give them incentives to address it in the first place.

Because the worst of the transgressions already are illegal, lawmakers seem satisfied to call for culprits to be fired or to step down and for corporate and industry leaders to promise that they’ll crack down on offenders more quickly in the future. But legislators can do more to address the problem. They can make workplace bullying illegal. Too many corporate leaders find it expedient to look the other way when bosses — especially ones they deem indispensable — systematically intimidate and humiliate underlings. Bullies who believe that their whims matter more than other people’s dignity often don’t see why their sexual impulses shouldn’t be just as indulged.”
— LA Times’ David Lieberman


Sadly, those who suffer most from abuse of power are those not often in power: women and non-White workers, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). It’s a loophole in the law that prevents those who don’t have power from ever getting it.The worst industries for abuse: education, healthcare, government, and other non-profits. 

Workplace abuse: the basics
Workplace abuse is a widespread problem. The WBI estimates that 60.4 million U.S. workers have been affected by it. That’s 1.5 times the population of California and four times more common than sexual harassment and racial discrimination at work.

Employees suffer:

  • They begin feeling demoralized after repeated attacks (false accusations, exclusion, withholding necessary resources, behind-the-back sabotage and defamation, put-downs, excessively harsh criticism, and unreasonably heavy work demands, for example) and start to doubt their ability to succeed at employment elsewhere.
  • After months and years of abuse, they can experience a host of stress-related health problems including anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, migraines, fatigue, muscle pain, and digestive issues.
  • They’re forced to choose between their health and a paycheck and health insurance.
  • Some lose their entire careers, giving up their investments in education.
  • They feel isolated after their family and friends feel unable to help, leading to suicidal thoughts.

Organizations suffer, too. With increased absences (including sick leave), turnover, errors, and presenteeism (showing up but checking out) and decreased productivity and morale, organizations’ bottom lines deteriorate, making them less competitive.

We have environmental regulations to limit environmental risks but few regulations for employee well-being. We have occupational health and safety laws calling for reports on workplace accidents and deaths. We uphold building codes, put down wet floor signs, and routinely inspect equipment — all physical protections. But we don’t mention the human impact of emotional and mental abuse. So we leave employee health up to our CEOs, who too often ignore damage to their employees. We don’t leave environmental pollution and occupational health and safety up to CEOs. So why do we leave employee health up to CEOs — when CEOs too often lead in ways that serve neither the employees nor their bottom lines?

Other countries have laws that address workplace abuse, including Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, and Denmark. The United States remains last among western democracies to have no anti-abuse laws for the general workforce.


Another way you can help
We need as many people as possible to contact your own state legislators and ask them to move Senate Bill 90/House Bill 6087 forward. Legislators care most about what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected, so calling and emailing your own state legislators is the most effective way to move the bill forward.