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Friday, December 6th, 2013
Dr. Gary Namie provides clarification about three fundamental themes of the social movement against workplace bullying which are commonly misunderstood or mischaracterized:
1) It’s about bullying, not bullies or their personalities.
2) Employers act irrationally and irresponsibly about bullying, which itself makes no sense.
3) Being “anti-abuse” is not the same as being “anti-corporate”
Tags: anti-abuse, employer behavior, Gary Namie, ingratiation, Podcasts, taboo, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
NOV. 29 UPDDATE: Flash – Shipyard president Kevin McCoy claims to have “investigated” the bullying allegation below and found “no evidence of it.” No duh! And the protesters lost a day’s pay.
By Patrick Odell, Global News, Nov. 28, 2013
Hundred of workers at Halifax’s Irving Shipyard walked off the job Thursday, angry about the way management is treating them and what they call an oppressive work environment. Ross Lord reports.
HALIFAX, NS – Workers at the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard walked off the job Thursday morning in protest after they say a co-worker killed himself after being suspended by management.
Rick Rose of Unifor says a worker took his own life on Wednesday after he was suspended for 30 days.
Rose says the death came after a series of disciplinary actions involving various employees.
He says other employees are upset over what they say is an increase in disciplinary actions by management.
In an email statement, Irving said it was “devastated” to find out one of its workers, whom it identified as Peter MacKenzie, had died.
Police were on scene to keep things under control and so traffic doesn’t get back up. Protesters were crossing Barrington Street earlier in the morning, which caused lengthy delays for downtown commuters.
Rose says he is meeting with management today about the death and the workers’ grievances.
The intriguing angle to this bullying-suicide-protest story is that troubles began when Irving brought in an American president and he, in turn, imported an American management team. Since then, there have been 14 disciplinary dismissals. One triggering a suicide. What did they do differently? Why did the new team not acclimate to the culture of the shipyard? Were the Americans sent in to “clean up” the shipyard with respect to workers? Was previous Canadian management considered to cooperative with the union? Were the Americans sent in to bust the union?
Tags: halifax shipyard, suicides, unifor, workplace bullying
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Friday, November 29th, 2013
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
In Switzerland, the ratio of CEO pay to lowest paid workers in their companies has grown today to 43:1 from 6:1 in 1984. By comparison, in the U.S. in 2012, the ratio was 354:1, according to the AFL-CIO,. It is 84:1 in the U.K. The inequality sparked outrage and a movement in response that is sweeping Spain, France, Germany, and the EU which is considering limiting the ratio.
Why not in America?
Tags: 1:12, AFL-CIO, CEO compensation, executive pay, inequality, Switzerland
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Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Gabriel Mendoza, host of Weekend AMp – Chicago 90.3 FM, interviewed Gary Namie about how employees can protect themselves when bullied at work. They also address bullying allegations swirling around the NFL’s Miami Dolphins locker room. 27 min. audio
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Tags: Gabe Mendoza, Gabriel Mendoza, Gary Namie, Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins, Morning AMp, NFL, Richie Incognito, vocalo, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Our human ancestors, the Neanderthals, last walked the earth 28,000 years ago. (Sorry, creationists.) To be a “neanderthal” means to lag behind modern practices, to cling onto outdated ways. (Sorry, neanderthals who were more sophisticated than the namesake.)
It’s getting harder to find apologists among the sports cognoscenti at ESPN to defend the Miami Dolphins designated bully Richie Incognito. The Miami Dolphins post-game panel after Monday Night Football on Nov. 11 stated unanimously that the locker room culture in every team would have to change just as surely as approaches to concussions have changed. They spoke of “neanderthals” in the locker room growing extinct. That the league has to evolve because other workplaces don’t behave abusively. (Oops. Yes they do. That’s the message about workplace bullying.)
We at WBI concur heartily that the NFL must evolve. How strong will be the blowback against such humanizing proposals? NFL Coach Pete Carroll spoke of preserving rituals (such as rookies carrying helmets off the field) but not hazing. Can the NFL remain as attractive to American fans without the ancillary abuse that has little to do with the game itself? Is the game so violent that it makes it difficult, if not impossible, for fired-up players to not engage in some form of abuse after the play, in the locker room, in bars after games, or at home? Are NFL players as conditioned to be violent as military veterans who have difficulty leaving a war zone to return to civilian life?
Let’s watch and hope for the evolution out of neanderthalism. Then, the NFL will be a safe place for players like Jonathan Martin who eschew off-field violence.
An evolution will require acquiring skills, both for managers in sports and in the non-sports workplace.
Tags: Gary Namie, Jonathan Martin, manager training, neanderthal, NFL, training, workplace bullying
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Monday, November 11th, 2013
William Swenson of Seattle, Washington is an Afghan War veteran nominated for the Medal of Honor. During a 2009 battle he repeatedly called for air support. His calls were denied and 15 American and Afghan soldiers were killed by Taliban forces. After returning home, he complained about the lack of air support. Later, the Pentagon lost his nomination papers for the Medal of Honor for 18 months while another soldier in the same battle, Dakota Myer, received his medal in 2011.
In October, 2013 Defense Secretary Hagel apologized for mistakes in processing the nomination:
“The McClatchy investigation also revealed that Swenson’s Medal of Honor nomination from December 2009 had inexplicably vanished from every military computer system midway through the approval process.
Five Americans and 10 Afghans died in the Battle of Ganjgal against about 60 Taliban-led insurgents. Two Army officers later received career-ending reprimands for dereliction of duty by ignoring calls from Swenson and others for air and artillery support for 90 minutes as the fighting raged.
Five days after the battle, Swenson told military investigators that the delay in sending reinforcements was tied to politically driven rules of engagement concerns over civilian casualties.
‘Now, that’s courage and that’s character,’ Hagel said of Swenson’s willingness to question the rules of engagement. ‘As the institution itself reflected on that same courage and integrity institutionally, the institution, the United States Army, corrected the mistake. They went back and acknowledged a mistake was made, and they fixed it.’”
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Tags: dakota myer, hagel, medal of honor, petraeus, truth, william swenson
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
What have the fans spawned in our lust for football in the U.S.? Is it healthy? Is it sustainable? Where is the room for the Jonathan Martins in that world?
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Tags: ESPN, Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Then bullying could happen to you.
Jonathan Martin, Stanford graduate, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, walked away from a multi=million dollar contract on Monday Oct. 28 complaining about the abusive conduct of veteran teammate Richie Incognito.
Bullying triggers lots of personal shame when it continues as long as Martin’s mistreatment lasted — 1.5 years. No single incident probably sounded outrageous to Martin’s teammates — it was “just locker room banter” — nor to Martin. But the cumulative effect on him was not good, and he reached a breaking point.
The 24 year old Jonathan did what no other NFL player has ever done. It took courage in the face of player taunts and coaches’ statement. He was branded as weak, dealing with “emotional issues.”
The most remarkable aspect of his action was to show all the 54 million Americans who have directly experienced workplace bullying that they, too, should break through the silence and shame and out their bullies.
Bullying is never invited by the recipients of the torment. Though they sometimes appear to “play along,” they loathe the humiliation and degradation.
Bullied targets, you are not alone. And a big guy just made it clear that it can happen in the least likely places to the most physically able people among us. Jonathan is one of you, one of us.
Thank you Jonathan.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
American professional football is now recognized as a violent game, not only by critics, but by its own admission. The NFL (the team owners) settled a huge lawsuit for players who suffered concussions and committed funds to researching the effects of the sport on retired players’ health. The fact that retired players chose to die by suicide, a decision driven in large part by the brain damage they suffered, speaks volumes about the sport.
Players privileged to play at the professional level have groomed their playing skills from childhood through high school and college and endured years of boys’ locker room antics where social skills are honed. It’s possibly the most masculine, aggressive environment of all workplaces (military as an equal). Do we expect respect to be part of that cutthroat competitive environment?
Tags: Gary Namie, Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins, NFL, NFLPA, Richie Icognito, workplace bullying
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