By John Tarleton
PSC Cross-Campus Officer Andrea Vasquez (right) discusses the Healthy Workplace Bill during a May 9 meeting of HEOs and CLTs at City College. On her left is HEO Chapter Chair Iris DeLutro. 03-DSC5179.jpg
Public concern about school bullying has increased greatly in recent years. No longer seen as an inevitable part of growing up, school bullying is now understood as an important social problem that can affect both health and learning, and as a problem that school districts have a responsibility to solve.
Now a coalition of unions and worker advocacy groups in New York State is taking aim at another venue where bullying is widespread but little acknowledged – the workplace. The PSC and its coalition allies aim to win passage of the Healthy Workplace Bill (S4289/A4258), a measure that would provide remedies to workers whose employers allow them to be subjected to a pattern of abusive conduct on the job.