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Greg Sorozan – MA Healthy Workplace Bill

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Greg is affiliated with WBI in many ways. He attended Workplace Bullying University. Shortly thereafter, he applied his knowledge as union officer for a decade to lead, with Dr. Gary Namie, the first-ever Workplace Bullying University for Union members only.

Greg successfully bargained for the first-in-the-U.S. anti-bullying bargaining agreement provision (Mutual Respect 6A) for 21,000 NAGE Massachusetts State workers. And has used that provision and newer ones to combat bullying by the state.

Greg’s union joined forces with the Healthy Workplace Campaign to lobby for the Healthy Workplace Bill in his home state, Massachusetts. In 2012, H 2310 and S 916 are poised to be the first bills passed into law in the U.S. specifically because he is one of three State Co-Coordinators.

Finally, Greg is a dear friend to WBI. His marvelous ability to communicate using his background as a clinical social worker has extended the WBI message that workplace bullying is preventable and stoppable. He is one of the best ambassadors for the movement in the U.S.

Website: MA Healthy Workplace Advocates

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Battle for the WBI Workplace Bullying law always uphill

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Healthy Workplace Bill

People ask why our Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB) legislation in the U.S. states has not yet been passed into law in any state. Not for lack of trying, of that we are certain. People who only casually observe politics are not aware of the power the business lobby exerts in each state. Here’s a mini-lesson about the current landscape in which gay marriage can pass but a bill prohibiting health-harming abusive conduct faces nearly insurmountable obstacles.

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Wisconsin Rep. Roys introduces the Healthy Workplace Bill

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Rep. Kelda Roys

Out of Madison, WI comes positive legislative news! State Rep. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) and Sen. Spencer Coggs circulated the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill today (Oct. 17) during Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week.

“Bullying is too common a problem in Wisconsin workplaces,” said Rep. Roys. “Workplace bullying significantly impairs workforce productivity and health. I am introducing the Healthy Workplace Bill this session to provide workers reasonable protections.”

Contact Rep. Roys, Wisconsin Assembly (608) 266-5340.

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Freedom Week: The Time to Break Silence About Workplace Bullying

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Bullying at work is a dirty little secret. Though it occurs with epidemic frequency (experienced by 35% of all adult Americans), it is a silent epidemic because it is too rarely discussed. Why the silence?

- personal shame by targets (who would brag about being humiliated?)
– coworkers frozen by bullies into not helping their bullied colleagues
– executives covering up for bullies they sponsor/support
– bullying is the American style of managing

Over time, fear paralyzes us all. Overcoming the inertia of inaction is difficult. We know.

But the most successful personal change plans are the ones triggered by events that suggest karma is working — a sign from above, a coincidental omen. That event becomes the excuse, the rationale, for doing something out of the ordinary.

WBI’s Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week is the reason to change how you are dealing with your bullying situation.
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Developing Law on Workplace Abuse

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Office Bully Takes One on the Nose: Developing Law on Workplace Abuse
by Jason Habinsky and Christine M. Fitzgerald, New York Law Journal, Jan. 21, 2011

Quotes from the article we appreciate most:

“with bullying becoming front-page news across the nation, it is just a matter of time before the law adapts”

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“it seems inevitable that some form of the HWB will become law, whether in New York or elsewhere, and that once the first state adopts an anti-bullying statute others will shortly follow.”

Read the entire original article, including case law examples illustrating how bullying is NOT covered by existing laws! We’ve always told employers this is true, but employers describe themselves as victims. They want no regulations and no legal liability no matter how severely they mistreat workers. Our Healthy Workplace Bill threatens only abusive employers. Good employers have nothing to fear.

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NY SENATE PASSES LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO HALT BULLYING AND ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities today secured Senate passage of his landmark legislation (S.1823-B) which establishes a civil cause of action for employees who are subjected to an abusive work environment. The May 12 Senate floor vote was 45 in favor, 16 against, 1 abstention.

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Wisconsin becomes 17th state to introduce Healthy Workplace Bill

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We thank Representatives Roys, Sinicki, Berceau and Senator Coggs for introducing AB 894 on March 24, 2010.  Since 2003, 17 states have introduced (but not signed into law) the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. Visit the Legislative Campaign website.

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Workplace Bullying Bills Alive in the States

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Despite overwhelming state budget crises, the legislative campaign to enact anti-bullying laws for American workplaces rolls on. During this 2010 season, against all odds, the Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB), in various forms, is alive in nine states: Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Oklahoma, Kansas and Utah.
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Workplace Bullying Bill New Website Launched

Friday, December 4th, 2009

We started the Legislative Campaign to enact the anti-bullying bill in states in 2001. In 2010, we will add to the count the 17th state to introduce some version of the bill thanks to the grassroots network of HWB Coordinators in 27 states and 2  provinces. The new website becomes the single source of info about the legislation for lawmakers, potential sponsors, citizen lobbyist volunteers. and media. Visit

The Healthy Workplace Bill website.

The Drs. Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute

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