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WBI Podcast: Destructive pragmatic politicians

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

WBI Podcast 41

Pragmatic politics used to be considered a virtue, but it really means sacrificing the principles of representing the people to support corporations. With respect to the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, compromises have gutted the bill, extending the rights of employers instead of employees. This brand of pragmatism is destructive.

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WBI Podcast: Condemn or condone workplace bullying

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Condemn or Condone: Take A Stand

No middle of the road where psychological violence is concerned.

Listen to WBI Podcast 40 by Dr. Gary Namie

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WBI Podcast 39: American workers under the microscope

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Hitachi technology takes worker surveillance to new extremes. Where is the employers’ confidence in, and trust of, employees? It’s called the “Business Microscope.”

Here’s a picture of the device and the tracking system:

Listen to WBI Podcast 39 by Dr. Gary Namie

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WBI Podcast: David Yamada

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Another piece of older audio from a radio program featuring Dr. Namie. Law Professor David Yamada joins the podcast with a history lesson to share. The topic is the origins of employment law in the U.S. that governs the workplace. Unfortunately, the relationship between Master and Servant is the starting point. And not much has changed since. The question for Prof. Yamada is whether assurances of dignity and equality for workers is possible given current laws. Yamada is the author of the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill.

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WBI Podcast 37: De-Stigmatizing Workplace Bullying

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Watch for another sign of progress in the campaign against workplace bullying — when former bullied targets can explain their separation from the last employer as not being their fault. In the future, by saying bullying happened, the current stigma associated with that reason for seeking a job will no longer apply. One can hope.

Listen to WBI Podcast 37 by Dr. Gary Namie

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WBI Podcast 36: Straight talk about the movement against workplace bullying

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”

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WBI Podcast 35: Ideal attributes of advocates against workplace bullying

Friday, September 6th, 2013

What type of individuals make the best advocates for an abuse-free organization where workplace bullying cannot flourish? Not bureaucrats, certainly not bullies, and darn few HR types. Over time, people prove themselves, with actions not words, the most likely allies to the cause. So, when your organization says it wants to tackle workplace bullying and forms a team, a task force, a committee, watch who is designated to serve. The chances of success depend almost entirely on the people in that group.

A related essay.

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Remembering “Labor” in Labor Day

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Throughout the years we at the WBI have covered Labor Day from the workers’ rights perspective. The holiday is not just for shopping or camping. It’s about honoring people who work. More specifically, as the historical accounts below make clear, it is about emancipating workers from horrific working conditions and doing so collectively, in an organized way. Yes, the union way.

Unions are demonized daily and growing extinct. The attacks are leveled without rebuttal by “journalists” or cowardly politicians who should represent everyone’s interests rather than corporate employers. Media reps are afraid of losing ad dollars. Politicians fear bucking the pro-corporate PACs with the funds to pour into their opponents’ campaign coffers. Unions can only muster 6% of all contributions to politicians. Corporatists control the system.

Income inequality grows in the U.S. The connection between declining unionization rates and inequality is not accidental. They are mutually determinative. That is, the richest among us want to make America a minimum wage nation, while unions ask nothing more than a living wage on which families can provide shelter, food, clothing and education for their children. Somehow, the most greedy have convinced the majority of us that those needs are excessive. That earning a $40,000 wage with benefits and a fixed pension is bankrupting America. Balderdash!!!

So, union-bashers take the weekend off, please. Let’s see how many union folks are featured in media coverage during the one holiday that belongs to them — Labor Day.

For 2013, we’re re-posting a favorite WBI podcast.

Podcast: Labor Day Message for Working Folks

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Restoring dignity for the underclasses with help from Franklin Roosevelt, Mark Twain (Hal Holbrook), Andrew Cuomo, Harry Chapin.

Read the report cited in the podcast: No Rhyme or Reason: The ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’ Bank Bonus Culture by Andrew Cuomo, then NY State Attorney General

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WBI Podcast 34: Felix Nater

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Here is a nice piece of older audio from a radio program featuring Dr. Namie. His guest is Felix Nater, a former Postal Inspector, whose experiences led him to investigate workplace homicides and to prosecute offenders. Prevention was often lacking. Now consultant Nater makes violence prevention a key part of the business process for clients. He developed the Violence Interdiction Model which he shares with the Work Doctor audience.

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WBI Podcast 33: Workplace Bullying is more than incivility and disrespect

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

More Than Incivility and Disrespect

Workplace bullying is a form of violence more severe and harmful than either incivility or disrespect.

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