Posts Tagged ‘California Healthy Workplace Advocates’
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
The California Healthy Workplace Advocates, CHWA, is one of the most active state-based groups in the nation. They are volunteer citizen lobbyists for the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. They have members statewide. Monthly meetings are held in Sacramento. Details here.)
WBI established Freedom Week from Workplace Bullies Week, the third week in October during Domestic Violence Awareness and Bullying Prevention Month. CHWA routinely solicits proclamations from California cities and counties that declare the municipalities’ endorsement of the following principles:
• government has an interest in promoting the social and economic well-being of its citizens
• that well-being depends upon the existence of healthy and productive employees working in safe and abuse-free work environments
• abusive work environments are costly for employers with consequences including reduced productivity, absenteeism, turnover, injuries
• protection from abusive work environments should apply to every worker, and not be limited to legally protected class status based only on race, color, gender, national origin, age or disability
Here are the cities and counties that proclaimed Freedom Week in 2017. Use links for viewing.
Tags: 2017 proclamations, abuse-free work environments, abusive conduct, california city proclamations, California Healthy Workplace Advocates, CHWA, Freedom from workplace bullies week, proclamations, worker well-being, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Saturday, October 24th, 2015
The Workplace Bullying Institute thanks the following California 116 cities and counties for acknowledging Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week and the necessity of caring for those subjected to abusive conduct at work.
It’s a call to action for employers in those cities and the entire state.
Click to view the Proclamations issued at the request of the WBI-affiliated California Healthy Workplace Advocates.
California was the first state in the nation in 2003 to introduce the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. It has yet to be enacted into law.
The time has come. 2016 provides the state lawmakers a chance to show who they represent.
Tags: California Healthy Workplace Advocates, city proclamations, county proclamations, Freedom from workplace bullies week, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Dozens of workers from the Bay Area who have faced workplace bullying attended a rally and speak out at San Francisco City Hall on Monday October 19, 2015. It was held in conjunction with the Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week held throughout the country. Workers from San Francisco General Hospital, City of Oakland, SF Recology, City of Oakland and other employees spoke out about the systemic bullying and terrorism on the job. Workers reported on their vicious treatment on the job and the use of bullying to drive senior workers, minorities and others off the job. They also reported on the racist attacks on African American workers including at San Francisco Recology using hanging nooses to terrorize workers and the need for the unions to start fighting these racist attacks on workers.
The rally was endorsed by:
• SEIU 1021 SEJ Committee,
• SF General Hospital Chapter,
• SEIU 1021 COPE
• California Healthy Workplace Advocates, the WBI Affiliate in the fight to enact the Healthy Workplace Bill as state law
• The Stop Workplace Bullying Group SWBG, of San Francisco
• United Public Workers For Action
• Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
• Injured Workers National Nework
• Production of Labor Video Project
WBI thanks and honors its good friend and tireless labor advocate, Steve Zeltzer, for organizing the event.
Tags: California Healthy Workplace Advocates, Healthy Workplace Bill, San Francisco Labor Video Project, Steve Zeltzer, workplace bullying
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Saturday, October 18th, 2014
WBI State Coordinators, the national network of volunteers who lobby state lawmakers to introduce, then enact, our anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, are also the prime activists for Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week. Every year, in many states, cities and counties recognize Freedom Week. In turn, state lawmakers have to pay attention to the grassroots attention paid to ending abusive conduct in workplaces in their respective states.
In 2014, California leads the proclamation race with over 80 cities endorsing Freedom Week just prior to the start of the Week. Check the California Healthy Workplace Advocates website for a current listing. Here is a sample of California cities and counties.
Oakley, Calistoga, Pleasanton, Adlanto, Temecula, Campbell, Oceanside, Buena Park, Garden Grove, Oakdale, Lemoore, Palm Desert, Thousand Oaks, Carpinteria, South Lake Tahoe, Wasco, Santa Maria, Capitola, Saratoga, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek, Indian Wells, Port Hueneme, San Juan Bautista, Costa Mesa, Kingsburg, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz County, Watsonville, Fowler, Sand City, Moreno Valley, Santa Clara, Grover Beach, Dinuba, Pinole, Ontario, Rohnert Park, Duarte, Goleta, Lompoc, Hermosa Beach, Tulare, Rancho Mirage, Redlands, Ridgecrest, San Leandro, Capitola, Placentia, City of Santa Cruz, Palmdale, Manteca, Portola Valley, Downey, St. Helena, Torrance, Moorpark, Sebastopol, Murieta, Contra Costa County, Mission Viejo, National City, Wheatland, Foster City, LaCanada, Dublin, Montclair, Tehachapi, Tustin, Pico Rivera, Lodi, Anderson, El Cerrito, Burbank, Tehachapi, Brea, South El Monte, Livermore, Lassen County
Tags: California Healthy Workplace Advocates, Freedom from bullies at work week, proclamations, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
WBI friend Lewis Maltby wrote convincingly in his book, Can They Do That?, that American workers have very few rights. Without a union bargained contract, all rights are owned by management unless state or federal laws provide specific protections. Among the industrialized nations (members of the OECD), US workers have the fewest rights.
Robert Fuller, another WBI friend, speaks and writes eloquently about somebodies and nobodys, the hierarchy in our lives. For him, the issue is rankism. It makes good sense in our nation of ever-expanding income inequality.
From the work of stress guru, Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University professor and researcher, we learn that simply organizing social groups in hiearchical ways with rank playing a role in how all resources are unevenly divided is stressful. Those dominated by others are doomed to lives of ongoing stress. Social subordination generates distress, that in turn, triggers major life-threatening diseases through disruption of the adrenocortical, cardiovascular, reproductive, immunological, and neurobiological systems (Sapolsky, 2005).
Workers bullied by higher ranking bosses (56% of all targets) will find it nearly impossible to avoid contact. That toxic contact is the exposure to stress that causes health harm.
I say all this to put into context the June 30, 2014 decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS). By majority votes of the conservative-dominated court, the rights of company owners were expanded. The (chief justice) Roberts Court has never ruled against corporate interests.
The two cases decided upon were Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of HHS v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (13-354) and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of HHS (13-356) — jointly dubbed the Hobby Lobby decision.
Tags: California Healthy Workplace Advocates, distress, Hobby Lobby, Lewis Maltby, Robert Fuller, Robert Sapolsky, SCOTUS, stress, US Supreme Court
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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Workplace Bullying, Health and Safety
Saturday July 27 11:00 – 4:00 PM (Free)
ILWU Local 34 Hall
801 2nd St. next to AT&T Stadium, San Francisco
Registration Requested: Call 415-282-1908 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gary Namie, Director, WBI
Carrie Clark, California Healthy Workplace Advocates
Greg Sorozan, Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates, NAGE-SEIU Natl VP
Stacie Plummer, City Of Richmond Library Worker
IFPTE Local 21 Steward
Brenda Barros, SEIU Local 1021 San Francisco General Hospital
Dr. Derek Kerr, SF General Hospital whistleblower
Dr. Larry Rose, former Director of the Cal Osha Medical Unit
Kathleen Carroll, attorney
Sponsors: Stop Workplace Bullying Group SWBG
Injured Workers National Network, IWNN
California Healthy Workplace Advocates
For information contact IWNN at (415) 282-1908.
There will be live streaming of this event on the internet. Watch this blog for details.
Tags: California Healthy Workplace Advocates, Carrie Clark, Gary Namie, laborfest, Unions, WBI, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Saturday, February 12th, 2011
• Esque Walker, TX State Coordinator appeared on KSAT-TV, San Antonio. Watch the You Tube clip.
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Monday, November 1st, 2010
By Laura Casey, Contra Costa Times, Oct. 31, 2010
Kim is being stalked in the halls by her supervisor. Her every move is scrutinized, judged. Every day, she is berated with personal insults suggesting that she’s just not good enough to work anywhere. The yelling and unfair accusations do not simply make her hate coming to work. It has led to more serious health issues.
Tags: Bill Lepowsky, California Healthy Workplace Advocates, Contra Costa Times, Laura Casey, Michelle Smith, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Thursday, October 21st, 2010
KCRA-TV in Sacramento does a great job covering the topic of workplace bullying in time for Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week. See their coverage below, which includes an interview with Dr. Gary Namie. The California Healthy Workplace Advocates (CHWA) hosted the public event with the Drs. Ruth and Gary Namie on Oct. 20 in Sacramento.
[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzZij1q-ldw[/youtube]
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
• OCT. 19. Thanks to the Texas Healthy Workplace Advocates, El Paso Mayor John Cook and the City Council will proclaim on October 19, Freedom from Bullies at Work Week! If you live in Texas, thank the Mayor. If you want to help Texas enact the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, contact the TX State Coordinator.
• OCT. 19, 5 pm (central time) on Pattie Porter’s Texas Conflict Coach radio show, the story of Kevin Morrissey’s suicide in response to his prolonged mistreatment at the Univ. of Virginia. Thank you, Pattie!
• OCT. 19 Wisconsin State Rep. Kelda Roys (sponsor of the state’s first bill, AB 894 in 2010) will be interviewed by Madison NBC-TV 15 news anchor Carleen Wild about her work in support of the legislation and 2011 plans. Air time is not yet set. Track the Wisconsin Healthy Workplace Advocates group for the schedule. If you live in Wisconsin, contact the WI State Coordinator to volunteer to help.
• OCT. 19 & OCT. 20 The California Healthy Workplace Advocates host Workplace Bullying Institute founders giving a public seminar, doors open at 6 pm, talk is 7 to 9 pm. Oct. 19 they will be in South San Francisco. Oct. 20 they will be in Sacramento. Come meet the Namies and CHWA volunteers to learn about legislative plans for 2011. If you live in California, contact the CA State Coordinator to volunteer to help.
• OCT. 23-24 BPW Saskatoon, Saskatchewan hosts a special conference for the community, “Powerless to Powerful.” Several workshops and presenters are scheduled. Topics include workplace bullying, the Ruth and Gary Namie will present, too.
Tags: BPW Saskatoon, California Healthy Workplace Advocates, Freedom from workplace bullies week, Freedom Week, Gary Namie, Jessi Eden Brown, Pattie Porter, Powerless to powerful, Ruth Namie, Texas Healthy Workplace Advocates, Wisconsin Healthy Workplace Advocates, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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