Passing law to hold workplace bullies accountable starts with each of us. Here are six ways to jump in to make change for National Bullying Prevention Month:
Tell your story. Your stories help build awareness about the issue and the bill. They provide a way for people to connect with the cause on a human level. And they move people to act. If you’re willing to come forward with your story, separately email the following Boston-based reporters with it (keep it brief — to one paragraph initially — and stick to the facts of what happened and how it harmed your health and wallet) and explain that workplace anti-bullying legislation, Senate Bill 1013, is sitting in the State House but may have helped you in your case:
Jamie Ducharme (Boston Magazine): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna Russell (Boston Globe): email@example.com
Bella English (Boston Globe): firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Johnston (Boston Globe): email@example.com
Kristin Toussaint (Boston Metro): firstname.lastname@example.org
(If you email us your story at email@example.com, we can share it, too. And if your story gets published, email a link to us.)
Contact Attorney General Maura Healey’s office and ask her (or whoever answers the phone) to officially support the Healthy Workplace Bill, Senate Bill 1013. Her phone and email: (617) 727-2200, firstname.lastname@example.org
Make phone calls to those in Massachusetts most likely to be bullied. It’s easy, flexible, and so satisfying to tell someone who’s been bullied about the bill. We even have a brief tutorial on how it works. Email us at email@example.com if you’re interested in making phone calls. Every call helps.
Call your state legislators. The single most important action you can take is meeting with or calling your State Rep and State Senator. Since they have local office hours, you don’t have to drive into Boston. Find your legislators.
Post on social media if your State Rep and/or State Senator hasn’t yet expressed official support for the bill. Legislators want your vote, and you want them to take action on issues you care about. Look up your state legislators. If they don’t support the bill (find out who does support the bill), politely let your social circle know on social media and tag your legislators. We need to hold them accountable.
Carry fact sheets with you in case the topic comes up. Share info with people who you talk about workplace bullying with (and email this info to family, friends, and colleagues).