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Planting seeds about ending workplace bullying


You never know what will happen when you educate others about workplace bullying. We held signs at the inspiring Affordable Care Act (ACA) rally today at Faneuil Hall, where Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, Mayor Marty Walsh, and numerous reps from Congress spoke about why everyone deserves access to affordable health care, and hundreds of Massachusetts progressives could see our message.

As soon as we arrived, a few people stopped to take a photo of our sign and took information on the anti-workplace bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. Then we spoke at length with someone who has great contacts and received information on progressive groups in Massachusetts we’ll reach out to.

Just one person seeing our message can:

  • Break through to a larger group getting on board and sponsoring the bill.
  • Reach out to a go-getter who will push our cause along.
  • Help that person learn the term “workplace bullying” so he or she can learn more about it and start healing.

Don’t underestimate the effects of one action.

What ripple effects have you had when educating others about workplace bullying?

Photos by Paul Lohr.

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What 2,737 means

2,737 is the number of contacts we’ve worked to build in the past two years — people both directly and indirectly affected by workplace abuse. It’s the ripple in the pond effect that happens when you’ve told one person about the bill, and he or she goes out and tells a few more people about the bill, and then those people tell more people about the bill. It’s also the number of people we’ll contact when we need a push to our legislators in the next two months.

The graph above shows how this ripple effect looks in website visits. Our daily visits have steadily increased over the past two years because you’ve helped spread the word.

The graph below shows where people in Massachusetts live who visited MAHealthyWorkplace.com. The larger circles represent a few hundred people. The Boston circle represents more than 1,000 people.

Thank you for helping us reach these big numbers, and never underestimate the ripple effect that telling one person about the bill can have.


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 »