Posts Tagged ‘Greg Sorozan’
Friday, September 5th, 2014
WBI partner, Greg Sorozan, described his work as a “patient activist” to Dr. Lisa Gualteri of Tufts University School of Medicine. Greg is a mental health counselor, the President of SEIU/NAGE Local 282, Massachusetts State Coordinator for the Healthy Workplace Bill, co-director of the Mass. Healthy Workplace Advocates, and graduate of and instructor for the Workplace Bullying University.
Rather than re-post the interview. I suggest reading the interview at the source. It’s the portrait of a compassionate and committed professional.
Friday, March 1st, 2013
Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying
by Sam Hananel, Associated Press, March 1, 2013
Article excerpts …
On-the-job bullying can take many forms, from a supervisor’s verbal abuse and threats to cruel comments or relentless teasing by a co-worker. And it could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.
“I believe this is the new claim that employers will deal with. This will replace sexual harassment,” said Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York. “People who oppose it say these laws will force people to be polite at work. But you can no longer go to work and act like a beast and get away with it.”
Some employers have put into place anti-bullying policies, but advocacy groups want to go even further. They have been urging states to give legal rights to workers who do not already fit into a protected class based on race, gender or national origin.
More than a dozen states — including New York and Massachusetts — have considered anti-bullying laws in the past year that would allow litigants to pursue lost wages, benefits and medical expenses and compel employers to prevent an “abusive work environment.”
Gary Namie, a social psychologist who co-founded the Bellingham, Wash.-based Workplace Bullying Institute in 1997, is among those leading the charge, along with labor unions and civil rights groups. He says the economic downturn has made bullying even worse and argues that passage of the laws would give employers more incentive to crack down on bad behavior in the workplace.
“People are trapped; they don’t have the same alternative jobs to jump to,” Namie said. “They are staying longer in these pressured, stress-filled, toxic work environments.”
Business groups have strongly opposed the measures, arguing they would open the floodgates to frivolous lawsuits.
“We would look at a bill like this as overreaching,” said Marc Freedman, executive director of labor law policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He said the bill would punish an employer for acts of its employees that it may not be able to anticipate.
But Parella, the employment lawyer, thinks it’s only a matter of time before states begin passing these laws and bullying issues become a major factor in workplace litigation.
“Once it passes in a few states, there will be a chain reaction,” she said, noting that other countries such as England, Ireland and Sweden already have laws addressing workplace harassment.
In Massachusetts, the National Association of Government Employees Local 282 has been one the first unions in the country to include an anti-bullying clause in collective bargaining agreements.
“From a labor perspective, we want there to be remedies in place for corrections to be made, not to yell, scream, threaten or treat the person basically like a slave,” said Greg Sorozan, president of NAGE, which represents about 12,000 public employees.
The anti-bullying legislation mentioned in the article is called the Healthy Workplace Bill. You can help enact it in your state by helping our State Coordinators. At this national campaign website, click on your state and see what is happening this legislative session or in years before.
Greg Sorozan is also HWB State Coordinator in Massachusetts. See videos of him and Suffolk Law Professor David Yamada, the bill’s author, describing the legislation on the MA State Page at this website.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
On Oct 15, at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Union leaders (Mary Kay Henry, Int’l President, SEIU & David Holway, National President, NAGE) and the NAACP (Hilary Shelton, Sr. VP) declared their organizations’ support for the Healthy Workplace Bill and the WBI-led workplace bullying movement. There are 9 videos to watch. Follow this link to the complete playlist at the WBI YouTube site.
In addition, three HWB State Coordinators also presented. Watch their videos on their respective State pages:
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
When: Monday October 15, 10-11 am
Where: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
What: Commemoration of WBI’s Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week
Who: An all-star lineup of support from a diverse range of organizations and national leaders.
Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Hilary O. Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau, NAACP, Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Policy
David J. Holway, National President, National Association of Government Employees (NAGE)
Charletta McNeill, President Local 32, OPM, Washington, DC, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
Gary Namie, PhD, Director, Workplace Bullying Institute & National Healthy Workplace Campaign
HWB State Coordinators
Greg Sorozan, Massachusetts State Coordinator, HWB, NAGE: National Vice President, President Local 282
Jane Bethel, Virginia State Coordinator, HWB, NAGE: National Executive Board, President Local 200
Lana Cooke, West Virginia State Coordinator, HWB, West Virginia University (Ret.)
First-Hand Bullied Target Tales
Neil Dias, Advocate for HWB
Tags: Charletta McNeill, David Holway, Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, Gary Namie, Greg Sorozan, Healthy Workplace Bill, Hilary O. Shelton, Jane Bethel, Lana Cooke, Mary Kay Henry, Neil Dias
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Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Greg is affiliated with WBI in many ways. He attended Workplace Bullying University. Shortly thereafter, he applied his knowledge as union officer for a decade to lead, with Dr. Gary Namie, the first-ever Workplace Bullying University for Union members only.
Greg successfully bargained for the first-in-the-U.S. anti-bullying bargaining agreement provision (Mutual Respect 6A) for 21,000 NAGE Massachusetts State workers. And has used that provision and newer ones to combat bullying by the state.
Greg’s union joined forces with the Healthy Workplace Campaign to lobby for the Healthy Workplace Bill in his home state, Massachusetts. In 2012, H 2310 and S 916 are poised to be the first bills passed into law in the U.S. specifically because he is one of three State Co-Coordinators.
Finally, Greg is a dear friend to WBI. His marvelous ability to communicate using his background as a clinical social worker has extended the WBI message that workplace bullying is preventable and stoppable. He is one of the best ambassadors for the movement in the U.S.
Website: MA Healthy Workplace Advocates
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
by Eesha Williams, Valley Post
Bullying by bosses leads some workers to commit acts of violence, and causes stress-related health problems in many more workers. Massachusetts is poised to become the first state in the nation to pass a law against workplace bullying. Vermont is likely to pass similar legislation next year. Legislation in New Hampshire is stalled.