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Tell us your workplace bullying stories, and we’ll send them to reporters  

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As we get ready for the next legislative session in January, we want to share your workplace bullying stories this fall to build our base (last week, a reporter from Redbook asked us for your stories, and we passed many along).

We can help get your story out, even anonymously. Email us at info@mahealthyworkplace.com THIS WEEK with your one-page story. Include:
Where did you work and what did you do?
Where do you live?
How did the bullying begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace bullying legislation to pass?

What we’ve done so far

As we plan for next session, here’s what worked and didn’t work for spreading the word about workplace bullying and the bill:

What worked

  • Asked people to call key offices at different stages of the process.
  • Shared personal stories.
  • Tweeted at legislators and potential supporters.
  • Made phone calls to potential supporters (women ages 30-54 in most progressive MA towns without current co-sponsorship).
  • Researched email addresses in those same towns.
  • Spoke in front of Democratic Town Committees.
  • Sent out requests for endorsements to organizations.
  • Held Flyer Days.
  • Testified at the hearing.
  • Created and promoted an easy tool for calling and writing legislators.
  • Created videos for social media.
What didn’t work
  • Wrote letters to those who made civil service complaints about telling their workplace bullying stories.
  • Wrote letters to non-leadership legislators and sent emails to all State House staff about workplace bullying stories in the State House.
  • Pitched to reporters how workplace bullying fits in with #MeToo.

 

Our plans for next session

There are two major challenges with this bill:

  1. Educating others on what workplace bullying is since it’s not yet a household term.
  2. Creating urgency behind the bill in the State House since it competes with other pressing matters.
Here’s what we’re already doing about it — and how you can help:

Getting media support. Since legislators tend to pay attention to what’s in the news, we hope to get the word out through news articles, which often generate more news:

  • Boston Globe Spotlight reporter may write a story about a bullied Cape Cod nurse who took his life after workplace bullying.
  • We’re obtaining data on roughly how much workplace bullying has cost Massachusetts taxpayers.
  • We’ll continue to pitch reporters about tying workplace bullying to the #MeToo movement since sexual harassment is a form of workplace bullying.
  • We can help get your story out, even anonymously.
Getting organizational support. We’re always reaching out to organizations asking for their official endorsement of the bill, which will help generate support (we already have roughly 20 official endorsers). Do you have connections to any organizations that might consider endorsing the bill? Ideas include:
Associations for government employees, lawyers, mental health professionals, non-profits, and teachers
Democratic Town Committees and progressive groups
Labor Councils
Republican Town Committees
Social justice groups
Unions

In the next couple weeks, we’ll announce meetings all over the state to plan next steps for pushing the bill. In the meantime, send us your stories so we can continue to reach out to reporters about what we’re doing and why it matters.

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Where the Healthy Workplace Bill goes next

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The process of the Healthy Workplace Bill becoming law doesn’t stop with the hearing that just took place last Tuesday. If the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development passes the bill favorably onto the next step, here’s what will happen:

  • The bill moves to the House. Debate begins. The bill is subject to amendments.
  • The bill is then ordered to a Third Reading in the House. In this phase, the bill is examined for legality, constitutionality, and the duplication or contradiction of existing law and then heads back to the House or Senate floor for debate and amendments.
  • The bill moves onto the Engrossment Committee at the Third Reading.
  • 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.

The order of steps may change, and the bill is subject to approval to pass to each next step.

To help push the Healthy Workplace Bill to the next step, email the committee members asking them to move the bill forward.

6 steps before the Healthy Workplace Bill may become law

We have more than a year left until the legislative session ends next summer, and just 6 steps left for the bill to become law in Massachusetts:

  • The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development holds a public hearing where it listens to testimony. The committee moves the bill to the House. Debate begins. The bill is subject to amendments.
  • If approved, the bill is then ordered to a Third Reading in the House. In this phase, the bill is examined for legality, constitutionality, and the duplication or contradiction of existing law and then heads back to the House or Senate 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.

Sounds simple, right? At any step, the bill can get delayed. So it’s up to us to spread the word to get more people to ask their legislators to support the bill and make it a priority.