With next summer’s legislative session end drawing near (roughly eight months left), it’s time to put pressure on our state legislators to take action on the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. Here’s what’s left in the process:
- The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development reads the bill favorably out of committee.
- If approved, the bill moves to the House. State reps examine the bill for legality, constitutionality, and the duplication or contradiction of existing law. The bill then heads back to the House floor for debate and amendments.
- If approved, the bill moves onto the Engrossment Committee at the Third Reading.
- If approved, the Senate considers the bill through three readings and engrossment. If amended, the bill returns to the House for another vote. If the bill is rejected, three members of each branch draft a compromise bill.
- The bill gets enacted by the legislature.
- The bill gets signed by the governor. Ninety days after the governor’s signature, the bill becomes law.
That’s a lot of steps. And the bill’s been sitting with the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development since April.
We need your help
Imagine how state legislators might pay attention to the bill if many of us post on their walls in the window of a few days. Since legislators have been responsive to even one question about the bill on their Facebook walls (we’ve gained the support of nearly 10 of 152 legislators in the last two weeks alone using this method), we ask you to flood Facebook walls:
- Nudge the committee leaders to make this bill a priority. Post on the committee leaders’ Facebook walls, asking them if in light of workplace harassment in the news, they will make a priority to read the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, Senate Bill 1013, favorably out of committee.
Here are their Facebook accounts (and phone numbers if you’re not on Facebook):
Senator Jason Lewis (D-5th Middlesex) and 617-722-1206
Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-2nd Middlesex) and 617-722-1258
Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose) and 617-722-2013
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield): 617-722-2240
- Write on the Facebook walls of those state legislators who’ve not yet expressed support of the bill this session. If you feel even more ambitious, post on these state legislators’ Facebook walls, asking them if they support the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, Senate Bill 1013. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with responses (screenshots if possible).
Urge friends, family, and colleagues to do the same so we can get this bill passed this session.
Thanks so much for your help. This bill would not have progressed without you.
Make this legislative session our session. Check out these 9 ways to spread the word about the Healthy Workplace Bill:
- Write to your legislators. Email your state legislators about the bill using one of our templates or your own words.
- Share on social media. Pass it along…. Share an infographic on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.
- Sign up for action alerts. Then we’ll tell you when we need your help with urgent legislative action.
- Join an action team. Get involved in your county or in a listed event.
- Ask for endorsement. Ask a group for its official support.
- Pass out fact sheets. Flyer at commuter rail lots, T stations, supermarkets – anywhere you see fit.
- Write to your local paper. Write a letter to the editor about the Healthy Workplace Bill and why you support it.
- Sign the petition. Help us reach 2,000 signatures.
- Share this link to the national campaign with friends in other states. It’s not just a bill proposed in Massachusetts. It’s a national movement.
URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION: We ask you to contact your Rep. and Senator promptly with a request to co-sponsor the Healthy Workplace Bill, sponsored by Rep. Ellen Story and assigned House Docket No. 2072 (an official bill number will be assigned later). The House deadline for adding co-sponsors is January 30.