After the resignation of the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill Lead Sponsor Senator Jennifer Flanagan, the new Senator Paul Feeney has stepped forward to champion this bill through the remainder of the two-year legislative session. We’ve recently found out that the bill has landed in Senate Ways & Means. With only three months remaining in this session, we’re looking to ask our State Senators to write to Senate Ways & Means Chair Karen Spilka to ask her to make the bill a priority.
How to schedule a meeting with your State Senator
- Call your State Senator and ask whoever answers the phone for the email address of the scheduler so you can schedule a meeting with your State Senator.
- Email the scheduler to setup a meeting either in local office hours or at the State House as soon as possible. This step is huge. Some of you have asked why we’re not doing more at the State House as a group. The answer is simple: since our legislators care about getting their constituents’ votes in the next election, it’s most effective for us individually to meet with our own legislators one-on-one when it’s convenient for us. We’ve learned major insights from advocates after meetings with their legislators. Showing up as a group to legislators’ offices without an appointment simply isn’t as effective.
- Bring the flyers listed on this page with you to your meeting and summarize your workplace bullying story with your State Senator. Keep your State Senator armed with the facts and ask him or her to ask Senate Ways & Means Chair Karen Spilka to move the bill forward.
- Pass insights about their concerns onto us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you absolutely can’t meet with your State Senator, we ask you to do one of these two tasks (or both) in the next two weeks:
- Call and let whoever answers the phone that you’re calling in support of Senate Bill 1013, an act related to workplace bullying and mobbing without regard to protected class, and ask if your Senator will write a letter to Senator Spilka in support of the bill and to ask her to move the bill forward.
- E-mail your State Senator asking him or her to support the bill and ask if your Senator will write a letter to Senator Spilka in support of the bill and to ask her to move the bill forward.
It’s up to each of us to make time to ensure protections for employees who will go through the torment at work we went through. We need your help to create a groundswell throughout every part of the Commonwealth to say STOP to bullying at work.
For those who’ve met with your legislators, we thank you and ask you to nudge them again while the bill is on their turf.