Posts Tagged ‘Derek Kerr’


Unions taking care of their own members: An obvious solution to workplace bullying

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!

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Whistleblowers and bullied workers speak up at S.F. City Hall

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].

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Workplace Bullying talk on KPFA-FM, SF Bay Area

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Join host Steve Zeltzer and guests Brenda Barros, SEIU, SF General Hospital, Dr. Derek Kerr, exonerated whistleblower from Laguna Honda Hospital, SF, and Gary Namie 8-8:30 am Monday on KPFA-FM, Berkeley, CA.

Update: Have a listen to the broadcast!

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