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How much support for workplace bullying we gained in the State House

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Today, we heard that the Healthy Workplace Bill gained the support of 46 sponsors:

Lead sponsor Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton)
Senator William N. Brownsberger (D-Boston)
Senator Kenneth Donnelly (D-Woburn)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Peabody)
Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)
Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Shrewsbury)
Rep. James Arciero (D-Chelmsford)
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy)
Rep. Brendan P. Crighton (D-Lynn)
Rep. Claire D. Cronin (D-Brockton)
Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Rep. Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)
Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)
Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Barnstable)
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)
Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose (D-Amherst)
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston)
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield)
Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Rep. Kevin J. Kuros (R-Uxbridge)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)
Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston)
Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr. (D-Springfield)
Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Rep. John C. Velis (D-Westfield)
Rep. David Vieira (R-East Falmouth)
Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Chelsea)
Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham)
Rep. Jonathan D. Zlotnik (D-Gardner)

What’s interesting about this list is if we combined past sponsors who are still in the State House, we’d have 72 sponsors. So it’s 12 less than the previous session but roughly 14 more than supporters in the State Legislature.

This list simply shows we have relatively the same amount of support as last session. What truly counts is the vote.

Stay tuned for next steps.

URGENT ACTION: End workplace bullying by asking your state legislators to co-sponsor the bill

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We need your help. Getting legislators to request to co-sponsor the anti-workplace bullying Healthy Workplace Bill shows support behind the bill. Now is the time in the two-year legislative session when we sign on co-sponsors. We need you to ask your State Rep and State Senator to request to co-sponsor the bill.

In the past three full sessions, we’ve gone from 13 to 39 to 58 co-sponsors. We aim to sail past those numbers this session with thousands more supporters.

Here’s what we need you to do in the next week:

  1. Call your State Rep AND State Senator. Calling is much more effective than emailing. Legislators can’t ignore phone calls but can ignore emails in their inboxes. We’ll make it incredibly easy:

    Text your zip code to (520) 200-2223. Within a few minutes, you’ll get a text back with your legislators’ phone numbers. Call the two bottom numbers and ask the person who answers to request that the Rep or Senator co-sponsor Senate Docket 768. It’s that simple!

    We’ll be in close contact with Senator Jennifer Flanagan’s office in the upcoming week to find out who’s signed on and who we need to nudge, so the sooner you can make these calls, the more co-sponsors we can sign on to end workplace bullying in Massachusetts. Email this post onto your contacts so we can flood our legislators with phone calls.

  2. Email your State Rep AND State Senator. If you absolutely can’t call because you can’t get away from work during business hours or if you want to back up your phone call, email both of your legislators. We’ve made that process simple, too:Visit our easy tool to find your legislators and a form letter or write your own. The message will come from your email box.

    If you get a return email saying your message couldn’t go through, go to the Massachusetts Legislature website, find your State Rep’s and State Senator’s email addresses, and email them the old-fashioned way.

We have until Friday, February 3 to make urge our legislators to end workplace bullying, but the sooner you call or email, the more legislators we can ultimately reach.

Thank you for your part in helping to end workplace bullying.

You went above and beyond

On Friday, we gained 13 more co-sponsors — for a total of 37 co-sponsors and two lead sponsors — for a grand total of 39 petitioners. THIS NUMBER IS TRIPLE THE NUMBER OF SPONSORS WE HAD LAST SESSION AND ALMOST TWENTY PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE LEGISLATURE. We can’t thank you enough for your tireless work in spreading the word and calling, e-mailing, and meeting with your legislators. You are moving the needle on workplace abuse and employee rights. You are a part of changing workplace cultures.

Stay tuned for next steps regarding the bill and an official bill number. In the meantime, if your legislator(s) is on this list, we encourage you to send him or her a thank you note for his or her support of the Healthy Workplace Bill.

The list:
Rep. Ellen Story (lead, D-Amherst)
Senator Katherine Clark (lead, D-Melrose)
Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange)
Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Rep. Christine Canavan (D-Brockton)
Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams)
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston)
Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera (D-Springfield)
Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Rep. John Fresolo (D-Worcester)
Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)
Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)
Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-Dorchester)
Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Boston)
Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)
Rep. Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy)
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)
Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield)
Rep. John Lawn (D-Watertown)
Rep. John Mahoney (D-Worcester)
Rep. Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable)
Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)
Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston)
Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
Rep. Carl Sciortino, Jr. (D-Medford)
Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers)
Rep. Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield)
Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
Senator James Welch (D-West Springfield)

The number of co-sponsors we now have

THIS JUST IN: We now have ELEVEN legislators signed on to sponsor the Healthy Workplace Bill:

Rep. Ellen Story (lead, D-Amherst)

Senator Katherine Clark (lead, D-Melrose)

Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)

Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)

Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)

Rep. Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton)

Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)

Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)

Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield)

Rep. Carl Sciortino, Jr. (D-Medford)

Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)

If you don’t see your rep or senator on this list, please call or e-mail them by TOMORROW, JANUARY 31. Ask them to co-sponsor House Docket 517. Ask reps to ask Rep. Ellen Story to add them as a co-sponsor, and ask senators to ask Senator Katherine Clark to add them as a co-sponsor.

Find your legislator:

http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Contact your legislators by Friday, January 25, 2013

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Call or e-mail both your rep and senator and ask him or her to support House Docket 517, the Healthy Workplace Bill, by THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 25. Spread the word: we are in the process of signing on co-sponsors and need as many people as possible to contact your legislators: http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search