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The deadline is February 10 for next steps on making workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts


By February 10, all committees must make decision on the bills in their committees. So we have nearly two months to continue to ask these legislators to move the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill favorably out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development:

  • Our state reps to ask in writing Rep. Paul Brodeur
  • Our state senators to ask in writing Senator Jason Lewis to do the same.

The last thing we want is for the committee to not move the bill forward because business owners’ voices were louder. Then we have until the summer to move this bill through the Senate and House. (We’ll need your help then, too. More about that later.)

Here’s our game plan:

  • At all those holiday parties, holiday events, and New Year’s Eve parties, take advantage of the time to spread the word about the bill and specifically ask people to ask their state legislators to write to Rep. Brodeur or Senator Lewis to move the bill forward.
  • Forward this message to family, friends, and colleagues, and share this post on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email us at info@mahealthyworkplace.com with your legislators’ response (even no response). Soon we’ll publicize who’s NOT supported this bill as a way to sway voter opinion and to urge legislators to take action (remember: legislators want to win their next election and want your vote. Post on social media your legislator support or lack of it based on the actions of your legislators on this bill.)

If you haven’t yet reached out to your legislators, please do so before February 10:

  1. Email your legislators. Use this easy tool to send your letter.
  2. Call your legislator’s office to make sure they received your email. This step is important. Legislators receive so many emails, and many get buried in their email boxes. Call to make sure they received it and ask them again to ask the legislator that you request he or she write a letter to Rep. Paul Brodeur or Senator Jason Lewis asking for Senate Bill 1013 to move forward.
  3. Repeat the process for the second legislator.

We thank you for your support. Rep. Brodeur’s staff reported that they get the most calls in support of this bill — thanks to your action.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Contact Your Representative ASAP

We’re up against corporate opposition to the Healthy Workplace Bill, and with less than two months left in the legislative session, we need your help by contacting your representative.

We’re focusing on representatives only since the Healthy Workplace Bill is in the House. Please meet with, call, or e-mail your representative BY THE END OF THIS WEEK, FRIDAY, JUNE 15:

If you’ve been a workplace abuse target:
– Tell your story again (even if you’ve written to your representative already). You can use this template if you need guidance:
– Send along our “Myths vs. Realities” fact sheet that refutes points made by corporate executives:

If you have NOT been a workplace abuse target:
– Download the letter here:
– Send along our “Myths vs. Realities” fact sheet that refutes points made by corporate executives:

Find your representative here:

Thank you for your help. Pass along this post to family, friends, and co-workers.


We’ve come a long way since the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates had their first hearing at the State House in 2010, halfway into the two-year legislative session. But we introduced the bill at the beginning of this legislative session, and with a few hundred supporters to contact, we added eleven co-sponsors to the mix. We’re overjoyed at how much progress we made between these two legislative sessions.

But since it generally takes years to pass a bill into law, we knew we were up against a several year process from the getgo. And now with the most progress we’ve made in one session under our belts, we face two months left in this legislative session. We have until July 31, 2012 to pass this bill before we have to re-introduce it next January — which means that we need everyone’s help in spreading the word about the bill. Here’s how you can help »