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.
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
- 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.
After the resignation of the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill Lead Sponsor Senator Jennifer Flanagan, the new Senator Paul Feeney has stepped forward to champion this bill through the remainder of the two-year legislative session. We’ve recently found out that the bill has landed in Senate Ways & Means. With only three months remaining in this session, we’re looking to ask our State Senators to write to Senate Ways & Means Chair Karen Spilka to ask her to make the bill a priority.
How to schedule a meeting with your State Senator
- Call your State Senator and ask whoever answers the phone for the email address of the scheduler so you can schedule a meeting with your State Senator.
- Email the scheduler to setup a meeting either in local office hours or at the State House as soon as possible. This step is huge. Some of you have asked why we’re not doing more at the State House as a group. The answer is simple: since our legislators care about getting their constituents’ votes in the next election, it’s most effective for us individually to meet with our own legislators one-on-one when it’s convenient for us. We’ve learned major insights from advocates after meetings with their legislators. Showing up as a group to legislators’ offices without an appointment simply isn’t as effective.
- Bring the flyers listed on this page with you to your meeting and summarize your workplace bullying story with your State Senator. Keep your State Senator armed with the facts and ask him or her to ask Senate Ways & Means Chair Karen Spilka to move the bill forward.
- Pass insights about their concerns onto us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you absolutely can’t meet with your State Senator, we ask you to do one of these two tasks (or both) in the next two weeks:
- Call and let whoever answers the phone that you’re calling in support of Senate Bill 1013, an act related to workplace bullying and mobbing without regard to protected class, and ask if your Senator will write a letter to Senator Spilka in support of the bill and to ask her to move the bill forward.
- E-mail your State Senator asking him or her to support the bill and ask if your Senator will write a letter to Senator Spilka in support of the bill and to ask her to move the bill forward.
It’s up to each of us to make time 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 met with your legislators, we thank you and ask you to nudge them again while the bill is on their turf.