Posts Tagged ‘Carrie Clark’
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
This Time, It’s Personal
Will legislation to protect employees from workplace bullying stifle demanding managers?
By Steven Yoder, Comstock’s, March 31, 2015
Carrie Clark, 63, says bullies aren’t confined to playgrounds. Sometimes, they run the whole school.
In 1995, Clark directed an English as a Second Language program in West Sacramento’s Washington Unified School District. An influx of foreign students was forcing her staff to work ever-longer hours. She wrote several reports to the district superintendent documenting the extra load and asking for more help. She got no response, she says. So her teachers union representative suggested she put together a petition signed by program staff.
That got a reaction, but not the one she wanted. The superintendent took Clark off of the school’s committee of department chairs and canceled and consolidated classes. Clark says he called her house and left an odd, garbled message, and one day after a meeting, he followed her into an empty hallway. Towering over her, his face a foot from hers, he screamed that he wanted “no more petitions!”
Scared, Clark quit a few weeks later. She developed tremors in her right side, which she still has, started having heart palpitations and couldn’t sleep. Today, when she talks about what happened, her speech slows to a crawl and her voice quavers like a warped record. A Sacramento occupational medicine specialist diagnosed her with a post-traumatic stress disorder related to her job. After a 20-year teaching career, she’d never set foot in a classroom again. In 2002, she won a $150,000 workers’ compensation claim against the district.
There’s evidence that the superintendent targeted others who crossed him. He took a job in a district near Yuba City, and in January 1999 the teachers association president there told The Valley Mirror that the superintendent verbally threatened her and that she’d asked a court for a restraining order. She also told a reporter that she was having panic attacks for the first time in her life. (The superintendent, now retired, keeps an unlisted phone number and didn’t respond to a certified letter sent to his address requesting an interview.)
Tags: AB 2053, abusive conduct, Ann Wrixon, bill, Carrie Clark, Gary Namie, Healthy Workplace Bill, HR, Independent Adoption Center, legislation, Michael Kalt, SHRM, workplace bullying
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Monday, March 9th, 2015
What To Do About Your Jerk of a Boss Before You Get PTSD
Millions of workers are suffering from anxiety, depression and even PTSD because of bully bosses.
By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet, March 5, 2015
There’s something dangerous happening to millions of Americans nationwide. It is happening in places where many people spend at least 40 hours a week. It is causing severe physical and mental illness. It runs off fear and manipulation. But its victims are not talking it about.
So what is it?
Look around the average American workplace and it’s not too hard to find. Twenty-seven percent of all adult Americans report experiencing work abuse and an additional 21 percent of Americans report witnessing it, meaning some 65 million Americans have been affected.
“Anything that affects 65 million Americans is an epidemic,” said Gary Namie, co-founder of the Workplace Bullying Institute. “But it’s an un-discussable epidemic because employers don’t want this discussed.”
Not talking about work abuse has, in turn, normalized the violence, fear and power structure inherent to the phenomenon.
As Namie said, “Work abuse doesn’t shock Americans anymore.”
Tags: abusive conduct, Carrie Clark, Gary Namie, Healthy Workplace Bill, Ruth Namie, work abuse, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
I just returned from an invigorating, stimulating and inspirational meeting in San Francisco staged by the Stop Workplace Bullying Group. [Every meeting I attend is about workplace bullying, nothing else.] And in the ILWU Local 34 union hall on Sat. July 27, community leaders and unionists gathered to share tales of whistleblowing and bullying and to plan future action.
Three major union-related themes emerged
1. Unions fail when leaders are themselves bullies and turn a deaf ear to the plight of abused members who turn to the union for help. Sadly, this is often the case. Why? One explanation is that in order to be popular enough within membership, one has to show toughness to fight for contract provisions (see what the largest union of California state employees was able to negotiate in 2013 for its members), and in daily encounters with management. Thus, the profile of an ideal local president fits closely with the characteristics of a bully. There may be a selection factor.
An alternative explanation is that many contemporary union leaders want to get along with management, to “partner,” to make concessions to appear cooperative. This tactic compromises the function of the union — to speak a collective voice to balance management’s desire to own all aspects the production process. Members see this type of leader as a sellout.
The SF meeting attendees declared that, regardless of the reason for union leaders not supporting members, leaders who stand in the way of eradicating workplace bullying should be removed from office!
Tags: Carrie Clark, Derek Kerr, Gary Namie, SF Stop Workplace Bullying Group, unions and bullying, workplace bullying
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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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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
On April 15, Steve Zeltzer organized a rally at which S.F. City workers spoke. Most were whistleblowers who have been retaliated against for their integrity. Hear Carrie Clark, State Coordinator for California Healthy Workplace Advocates [at the 29:00 min. mark] and Dr. Gary Namie, Director, Workplace Bullying Institute [at the 13:33 min. mark].
Tags: Carrie Clark, Derek Kerr, Gary Namie, Steve Zeltzer, workplace bullying
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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
The presentation was made at a forum on the epidemic of bullying against public workers in northern California sponsored by the Stop Workplace Bullying Group, the Injured Workers National Network IWNN and the United Public Workers for Action.
Tags: Carrie Clark, Gary Namie, Steve Zeltzer, United Public Workers for Action
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
As of Nov. 22, 2011, there are 12 states carrying 18 versions of our anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill sponsored by hundreds of state legislators of both political parties. You can see for yourself by visiting the website for the national Healthy Workplace Campaign. Learn about the bill here. We also address criticisms of the HWB.
Tags: Carrie Clark, David Yamada, Gary Namie, Healthy Workplace Bill, Ruth Namie, workplace bullying defined
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Monday, October 26th, 2009
The Plight of Bullied Teachers
Guest Podcast: Teachers Bullied at School — Observations About Teachers as Targets a Teacher
Carrie Clark, MA — WBI-Legislative Campaign spokesperson, Co-Coordinator of the California Healthy Workplace Advocates, and CHWA Blogger, former English school teacher, veteran of 20+ years, and WBI Consultant for the Workplace Bullying in Schools Project
Part 1: When Teachers Are Bullied, 6’27”
The special case of teachers, who they are and why they get bullied
Part 2: Solutions for Bullied Teachers, 2’14”
Watch the video of Carrie narrating a 2008 BNET production on workplace bullying — Calling a Bully a Bully
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Sioux City District First in Nation with Bullying Prevention Program for Adults
Partners with Workplace Bullying Institute
Schools and student bullying are a September tradition. However, this year, there is a new twist. The Sioux City (Iowa) Community School District (SCCSD) is boldly taking steps to prevent bullying among teachers, staff and administrators. They are first district in the nation to launch an anti-bullying program for adult employees.
[Interested school district administrators are invited to call 360-656-6603]
Tags: Alan Heisterkamp, Blueprint, Carrie Clark, Cindy Waitt, consulting, Gary Namie, policy, Ruth Namie, Sioux City Community Schools, Steve Crary, WBI University, Work Doctor
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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
San Francisco Labor Hour February 2007 Panel Including Dr Ruth and Dr Gary Namie California Coordinators Carrie Clark, Bill Lepowsky & Rhea Settles Hosted by Steve Zeltzer
Tags: Bill Lepowsky, Carrie Clark, Gary Namie, Ruth Namie, Steve Zeltzer, Unions
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