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Anti-union advocates pervert notion of bullying in the workplace

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

For 12 years we have led advocacy for state laws to prohibit health-harming abusive conduct (workplace bullying). The bill — the WBI Healthy Workplace Bill — has no hidden agenda. It is straightforward in its purpose and language. We are trying to right a wrong. Opponents are apologists for employer abuse, plain and simple. They choose to protect employers’ rights over workers’ rights to employment free from abusive interference. When they oppose the HWB, they distort and pervert the terms of the bill. They lie in their testimony without consequences. Lawmakers blindly appease the business lobby.

Michigan, a state dominated by Republicans in recent years, became a right to work state. That means if unions exist, they must serve all workers whether or not they pay union dues. It is a tactic designed to bankrupt unions. Now comes Michigan State Rep. Kevin Daley with an “anti-bullying bill” (HB 5847) that purports to “protect” workers from unions who post names of workers who opt out of union membership.

We are mired in distorted semantics. The moniker “right to work” is promoted as freedom while it actually discourages unions who can bargain with employers for more rights and privileges than workers as individuals can never attain.

Opting out of union membership violates the free market concept of fairness in that one must pay for services received. Benefits of union membership should accrue only to those who belong to unions. If you want the benefits without paying for them, you are a freeloader. So, while proponents of “free markets” and unbridled capitalism feel no sympathy for those lowest on the economic rung, even calling them lazy (as Speaker of the House John Boehner did while on a 7 week vacation), they are the same people who want workers in right to work states to bleed unions dry by forcing services to be provided to non-members.

If Rep. Daley cares about workers not being bullied, then he should introduce the HWB! We dare him.

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Humbug Republicans steal workers’ rights while gifting corporations

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Ever notice that it takes social justice pioneers generations to create positive change here in America, the land of the “brave and free”? Civil rights, labor rights, criminalizing child abuse and domestic violence are strongly opposed in Congress and state legislatures.

Snuffing out hard-won social gains, sadly, comes easily and quickly when mean-spirited lawmakers are in charge. The halcyon days for American trade unions was in the 1930’s through WWII. Many strikes were called in the year after the war. An angry Republican Congress reacted in 1947 with union-curbing tools via the Taft-Hartley Act carried with enough votes to overcome President Harry Truman’s veto.

One effect of the T-HA was that states could enact so-called “right-to-work” laws. RTW is a union-busting tool. It drains scarce union resources until unions crumble. Here’s how it works. In RTW states, employees cannot be made to join a union to work at a particular employer (closed union shops). Sadly, Michigan has just become a RTW state.

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Colbert Outs Anti-Gay Group That Wants to Bully Kids

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

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Phew! They fixed the bill, first in the House, then the Senate thanks to Sen. Gretchen Whitmer leading the way.

The goofy provision was originally inserted to appease the Michigan branch of the radical hate group American Family Association. That group’s agenda is anti-homosexual.

Let’s hope for the best. The Governor promised to sign the revised bill into law in 2011.

These radical hate groups, masquerading as “conservative” “Christian” groups invaded our anti-bullying legislation for adults (the Healthy Workplace Bill) in Illinois in 2009. They are tricky, but hateful nevertheless.

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Michigan Post Office Bullying Allegations

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

“Postal worker’s bullying allegations draw attention” by John Schneider, Lansing State Journal, Feb. 4, 2010 Read the original article

A postal worker, Ray Miehlke, contacted LSJ columnist Schneider with reports of a “reign of intimidation at the U.S. Postal Service’s Collins Road facility,” and a complaint of a physical assault by his supervisor which was found to have “no merit” by USPS spokesman Jim Mruk. To explain his willingness to speak up while others are intimidated into silence with threats of retaliation, Miehlke said “I’ve lived my life not putting up with bullies.”

Abusive workplaces are not rare at the Post Office. See the following articles posted here:

Another USPS Tragedy The 2010 Murder by Proxy documentary An arbitration where the Post Office defended the bully supervisor claiming the Violence policy does not apply

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