The New York Healthy Workplace Advocates, the Healthy Workplace Campaign-affiliated citizen lobbying group behind the NY State companion bills – S4289 and A4258 – coordinated an April 30 press conference with Sen. Savino and Assemblyman Englebright, the prime bill sponsors. Bullied targets also spoke. Visit the NY State Page to see details of the legislation and its long history there and to view the entire press conference. Here is the press coverage and the video from WNYT-TV.
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Last week the Mass. Campaign passed a major hurdle. The House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling just favorably read out H. 2310 on April 5th and moved it directly to the House Floor for a 3rd reading. Thanks to everyone who has helped propel this movement forward!
Remember, the Mass state page always has the most recent activity and updates.
Deb Falzoi, one of the great Massachusetts HWB Co-Coordinators, was interviewed by Robbin Miller and Doris Livesay about the bill. Here’s the clip:
Hawaii State Senators Michelle Kidani and Suzanne Chun Oakland introduced SB 2847. The bill is scheduled on Feb. 28 for its second committee hearing in Ways and Means. Read the details here.
Workplace Bullying: a Global Issue
by Erika C. Collins, New York Law Journal, Oct. 24, 2011
Office Bully Takes One on the Nose: Developing Law on Workplace Abuse
by Jason Habinsky and Christine M. Fitzgerald, New York Law Journal, Jan. 21, 2011
Quotes from the article we appreciate most:
“with bullying becoming front-page news across the nation, it is just a matter of time before the law adapts”
“it seems inevitable that some form of the HWB will become law, whether in New York or elsewhere, and that once the first state adopts an anti-bullying statute others will shortly follow.”
Read the entire original article, including case law examples illustrating how bullying is NOT covered by existing laws! We’ve always told employers this is true, but employers describe themselves as victims. They want no regulations and no legal liability no matter how severely they mistreat workers. Our Healthy Workplace Bill threatens only abusive employers. Good employers have nothing to fear.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities today secured Senate passage of his landmark legislation (S.1823-B) which establishes a civil cause of action for employees who are subjected to an abusive work environment. The May 12 Senate floor vote was 45 in favor, 16 against, 1 abstention.
Dr. Gary Namie hits Capitol Hill this week to lobby for the Healthy Workplace Bill!
On Tues. (4/27) Dr. Namie and Maryland State Coordinator, Maria Allwine, met with Senator Russ Feingold’s staff on Capitol Hill to discuss potential sponsorship of the HWB for federal workers.
By accident, he stumbled into the Senate hearing on Goldman Sachs where Jonathan Lackland (IL State Coordinator and Director, Illinois Association of Minorities in Government) joined him for afternoon lobbying. The WBI lobbyists met with Rep. Danny Davis staff.
Later, they met Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president at an event launching a Congressional bill. We will need Trumka’s organization’s support for all future endeavors. They next introduced WBI and the Workplace Bullying in Schools Project to Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) who launched his own program (Operation Respect) to stop bullying among kids in school. Peter also wrote one of the anti-bullying anthems, “Don’t Laugh At Me.” A chance encounter with like-minded folk.
It is critical that site visitors who consider themselves supporters of the anti-bullying HWB do the following (include your city only if you reside in the state):
1. Write to the WI Assembly Labor Committee members urging passage of AB 894 this week. Use our simple form.
2. Write to as many IL House Reps as you possibly can urging a positive vote on SB 3566. See the list of Reps.
3. Write to the NJ sponsors of A 673 urging them to push for a committee hearing. Use our simple form.
4. Write to all sponsors of NY Assembly bill A 5414B and Senate bill S 1823B Use our simple form.
On April 7, members of the Wisconsin Assembly Labor Committee heard compelling and emotional testimony from about 20 individuals who courageously told either their personal stories or provided background info in a Wisconsin health care worker’s suicide. The moving and effective tales might just result in the committee passing the bill when it votes. A vote is expected in about a week. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the Healthy Workplace Bill (AB 894) and especially those who testified on record.
Coverage of the hearing in the State Journal.