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URGENT: Tomorrow is the last day of the legislative session to make workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts

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While the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, Senate Bill 1013, is still in Senate Ways & Means, we can take these last two days of the legislative session — today and tomorrow — to drive home the point that workplace bullying ruins lives and businesses.

How you can help

Senator Karen Spilka has recently become Senate President, so call Senate Ways & Means Vice Chair Joan Lovely at 617-722-1410 and tell whoever answers the phone that you support Senate Bill 1013 regarding workplace bullying. Phone calls are disruptive, so the more calls we make, the more she’ll take notice.

The goal of these calls is to keep the bill on leaders’ radar for the next session.

We thank you for your continued support of this bill. The bill couldn’t have made it this far without your phone calls and understanding that this effort is long-term. Remember that most bills take several years to pass. This bill is no exception. We’ve spent the last several years building a base of support for this legislation, and we won’t stop building that base until this bill gets passed. In the next several days, we’ll reach out to you with our fall plans to take this campaign to the next level — and how you can help bring protections for thousands of workers who need our help.

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We have exactly two weeks left in the legislative session to make workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts

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We’re still waiting for Senator Karen Spilka to take action on much-needed workplace anti-bullying legislation. And there are only two weeks left in the legislative session. Meanwhile, workplace bullying is wreaking havoc on lives and businesses.

Workplace anti-bullying legislation is the furthest it’s gone in the Massachusetts Legislature, and the two-year legislative session ends July 31. We start over again in January if the bill does not pass. The bill, Senate Bill 1013, is now in Senate Ways & Means and needs to get to a floor vote ASAP.

The bill competes for attention with the budget and a role transition, so we need as many people as possible to call again to get attention in Senator Spilka’s office.

How you can help (in order of effectiveness)

Option 1: Meet with Senate Ways & Means Chair Karen Spilka by emailing her scheduler Rachel Lefsky at rachel.lefsky@masenate.gov. (If Rachel doesn’t get back to you, followup at 617-722-1640.) Ask Rachel if you can setup a meeting with Senator Spilka ASAP and let Senator Spilka know why you want workplace anti-bullying legislation to pass. Bring these fact sheets with you to the meeting:
Fact Sheet #1
Fact Sheet #2

Option 2: Even if you’ve called her before, call Senator Karen Spilka ASAP at 617-722-1640 and ask whoever answers the phone to urge Senator Spilka to move Senate Bill 1013 regarding workplace bullying to a floor vote. Phone calls are disruptive, so the more calls we make, the more she’ll take notice.

Option 3: Call your own legislator and ask whoever answers the phone if your legislator can write a letter to Senator Spilka or speak with her about moving the workplace anti-bullying Senate Bill 1013 to a floor vote ASAP.

Option 4: Call all members of Senate Ways & Means and ask those who answer the phone if the legislator can help move the workplace anti-bullying Senate Bill 1013 to a floor vote ASAP.

If you can do two, three, or all options, even better.

And please spread the word. It will help save lives.

Want to spread the word? Forward this email or download the flyer.

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PS – Did you see the bill in the news recently? It made:
The front page of the Boston Globe
The LA Times
Truthout

What who’s in Senate leadership means for workplace bullying legislation

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For the first time ever, Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means is led by all women. And with women more likely to be bullied at work according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, timing couldn’t be better to get workplace anti-bullying legislation through the Senate, making it the furthest the bill would ever get in the Massachusetts State House.

We need your help to get there. With less than two months in the legislative session, which ends July 31, we ask you to help keep pressure on Senate Ways & Means to move Senate Bill 1013 to a vote in the Senate. 

We ask you to make these four calls TODAY:

  1. Call these Senators and ask whoever answers the phone if the Senator will make Senate Bill 1013 a priority to make severe cases of workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts:
    Senator Karen Spilka (Chair), 617-722-1640
    Senator Joan Lovely (Vice Chair), 617-722-1410
    Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (Assistant Vice Chair), 617-722-1673
  2. Ask your own State Senator via phone or email to write to Chairwoman Karen Spilka asking her to bring the Senate Bill 1013 to a floor vote.
You can also:
  • Post on Facebook and tweet using #ItStartsWithUs #WorkplaceBullying #mapoli to keep the conversation going and to increase awareness of the problem. You can tweet at these Senators using @KarenSpilka @SenJoanLovely @SoniaChangDiaz @BarrettSenate @wbrownsberger @VinnyDeMacedo @SalDiDomenico @JamieEldridgeMA @adamghinds @SenDonHumason @senjehlen @SenJohnFKeenan @SenMikeMoore @KOconnorIves @SenRichardJRoss @SenatorMikeRush @Sen_Jim_Welch
  • Repost our Facebook and Twitter posts.

Want to spread the word? Forward this email or download the flyer.

Let’s keep the pressure on Senate Ways & Means to make workplace bullying legislation a priority in Massachusetts

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The legislative session ends in two months on July 31. We need your help in the next two weeks to keep pressure on Senate Ways & Means to move Senate Bill 1013 to a vote in the Senate. 

We ask you to call these Senators and ask whoever answers the phone if the Senator will make Senate Bill 1013 a priority to make severe cases of workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts:

Karen Spilka (Chair), 617-722-1640
Joan Lovely (Vice Chair), 617-722-1410
Sonia Chang-Diaz (Assistant Vice Chair), 617-722-1673
Michael J. Barrett, 617-722-1572
William N. Brownsberger, 617-722-1280
Vinny M. deMacedo, 617-722-1330
Sal N. DiDomenico, 617-722-1650
James B. Eldridge, 617-722-1120
Adam G. Hinds, 617-722-1625
Donald F. Humason, Jr., 617-722-1415
Patricia D. Jehlen, 617-722-1578
John F. Keenan, 617-722-1494
Michael O. Moore, 617-722-1485
Kathleen O’Connor Ives, 617-722-1604
Richard J. Ross, 617-722-1555
Michael F. Rush, 617-722-1348
James T. Welch, 617-722-1660

You can also:
  • Post on Facebook and tweet using #ItStartsWithUs #WorkplaceBullying #mapoli to keep the conversation going and to increase awareness of the problem. You can tweet at these Senators using @KarenSpilka @SenJoanLovely @SoniaChangDiaz @BarrettSenate @wbrownsberger @VinnyDeMacedo @SalDiDomenico @JamieEldridgeMA @adamghinds @SenDonHumason @senjehlen @SenJohnFKeenan @SenMikeMoore @KOconnorIves @SenRichardJRoss @SenatorMikeRush @Sen_Jim_Welch
  • Repost our Facebook and Twitter posts.

The more people who ask for change, the more likely we’ll get it. It’s up to each of us to ensure protections for employees who will go through the torment at work we went through and to spread the word by forwarding this email onto colleagues, friends, and family. We need to create a groundswell throughout every part of the Commonwealth to say STOP to bullying at work.

Want to spread the word? Forward this email or download the flyer.

Urgent Action: to make workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts, ask your State Senator to sign onto this Budget Amendment

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With three months left in the legislative session, our new lead sponsor Senator Paul Feeney has added the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill as an amendment to the budget. In the next two weeks, we’re looking to flood our State Senators with phone calls and emails asking them to sign onto this amendment, Budget Amendment #23.

Here’s how you can help:

It’s up to each of us 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 contacted your legislators about this bill, we thank you and ask you to take action again by making this specific request.

Want to spread the word? Forward this email or download the flyer.

Learn about what workplace bullying is »
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PS – Did you see the bill in the news recently? It made:
The front page of the Boston Globe
The LA Times
Truthout

THIS WEEK: Take action to help make  workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts

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We have word that Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development Chairs Jason Lewis and Paul Brodeur are currently in intense conversation on the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill and are optimistic of it moving onto next steps: the Senate. The chairs are still accepting written testimony on this bill this week. 

(The committee has until February 10 to make decisions on all bills put before them, so we’re asking you to act this week while they’re discussing the bill so there’s time for them to act.)

Who influences these two legislators the most?
Our state legislators’ voices.

Who influences our state legislators?
We do.

The committee heads need to know that your OWN legislators support them moving the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, Senate Bill 1013, forward. And our voices have the most impact on our own legislators because they want our votes in the next election.

Senator Lewis and Rep. Brodeur also want to hear from us directly.

With only six months left in the two-year legislative session, they need to know THIS WEEK that our collective voices are louder than business opposition before time runs out to complete the rest of the steps to turn this bill into law. We need as many voices as possible THIS WEEK while they’re discussing the bill to send a clear message to our state legislators that workplace bullying destroys lives — and we want change.

Here’s what you can do to help move this bill forward at this stage:

  1. Call your State Rep AND State Senator to ask them to ask Senator Lewis and Rep. Brodeur to move forward the bill, now Senate Bill 1013, an act relative to workplace bullying and mobbing without regard to protected class.
  2. Draft your story in one page (see tips below).
  3. Email your story to your legislator using our easy tool or email. If you email, ask your legislator to cc you on the email he or she sends to Senator Lewis or Rep. Brodeur or to forward you a copy afterwards. Then forward that message to us at info@mahealthyworkplace.com so we know who supports the bill.
  4. Repeat the process for calling AND emailing for Senator Jason Lewis and Rep. Paul Brodeur.

How to draft your story:
Stick to the facts and keep it brief. Write up a one-page summary of what happened to you or someone you know:

  1. In one sentence, open with who you are, where you worked, and what you did for work.
  2. In one paragraph, paint a picture of your experience using facts (briefly describing how you felt as professionally as possible while still using emotional detail).
  3. In one paragraph, describe how your employer reacted (or didn’t react). Did they ignore you? Retaliate?
  4. In one paragraph, describe the toll your experience took on you, especially your physical and financial health. Did you experience anxiety, loss of sleep, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder? How much did you lose in therapy costs, medication costs? Did your experience cost you a marriage, a home loss, high medical expenses, legal expenses?
  5. In one paragraph, describe how the experience left an impact on the organization. Roughly how many sick days did you need to take? Emphasize that costs are also associated with hiring and training a replacement employee.

We thank you again for your work on making employee rights a priority in Massachusetts. Please forward this message to others who may have experienced workplace bullying or who know your story and can tell it from a witness standpoint in support of the bill.

Learn about what workplace bullying is »
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PS – Did you see the bill in the news recently? It made:
The front page of the Boston Globe
The LA Times
Truthout

Why are we ignoring abuse of power that’s not sexual harassment?

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With the growing protest of sexual harassment in Hollywood, a lot of us are left wondering: why are we ignoring that when abuse of power isn’t of a sexual nature, countless competent and ambitious workers like Ann Curry get pushed out of their jobs? Why are only those in protected classes (gender, race/ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, individuals with disabilities, and veteran status) accounted for under law when general workplace bullying is four times more common than sexual harassment? Why should someone choose between their health or a paycheck because their competence — rather than their protected class — threatens the power abuser?

While #metoo exposed that law can’t protect everyone when they’re forced to choose between speaking up or preserving their jobs, sexual harassment law certainly moved the needle on the norms of sexual abuse in the workplace. But when there are no laws to protect those suffering from verbal abuse, threatening, intimidating, or humiliating behaviors, and sabotage, CEOs have no accountability to pay attention to the health of their workplace cultures. So employees believe nothing will be done when they report abusive behavior, and rightfully so.

We all deserve protections from abuse at work, regardless of the form and who we are. “Otherwise, workplaces will continue to be used by narcissistic individuals as personal playgrounds for predatory actions, which can negatively impact individuals, organizations, companies, and societies,” says S. L. Young in his Huffington Post article “Harassment goes beyond sex, women, Hollywood, and politics.”

How do we do more to prevent abuse of power in the workplace? We demand change. The workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill is stuck in the State House, and we need your help to move it forward.