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Ins. Journal: Workplace Bullying Emerging As Major Employment Liability Battleground

Monday, March 10th, 2014

By Sam Hananel, Insurance Journal (reprint from previous AP story), March 4, 2014

Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.

“One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started yelling,’ Why did you do that?”’ said Fiester, who worked as a legal assistant for an attorney.

Fiester doesn’t have to worry about those tirades anymore, but she hears lots of similar stories in her current role as operations manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, where she often fields questions about the growing issue of workplace bullying.

On-the-job bullying can take many forms, from a supervisor’s verbal abuse and threats to cruel comments or relentless teasing by a co-worker. And it could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.

“I believe this is the new claim that employers will deal with. This will replace sexual harassment,” said Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York. “People who oppose it say these laws will force people to be polite at work. But you can no longer go to work and act like a beast and get away with it.”

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To close Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week, mobilize Unions

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

For Freedom Week 2012, we gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC to hear two union presidents declare their opposition to Workplace Bullying. Here are those statements repeated.

Unions are the most natural advocates for anti-bullying. However, bullying befuddles many union leaders (they are tough guys and gals themselves, they aspire to management and co-opt union goals). Rank-in-file members want and deserve protection against bullying assaults, regardless of the source — management or member. Member-on-member bullying provides the union with opportunities to do better, to serve more, to support abused members, to correct abusive members, to use freedom from bullying as an organizing tool.

Help WBI help your union do more. Visit our Workplace Bullying for Unions website. Attend Workplace Bullying University® to equip the entire union with requisite skills to attack the problem. Tell defiant leadership to stand down and not become bullies themselves.

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95,000 CA State workers owed “Dignity” “Courtesy” and no workplace bullying

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Union workers (SEIU, Local 1000) negotiated for, and won, in their new 2013 contract with the State of California and all agencies where Local 1000 members work major victories. They will not be furloughed, but on the workplace bullying front, they will now have new tools to compel State managers to act with respect in a non-bullying, non-abusive manner. Local 1000 counts 95,000 members across its nine bargaining units.

The announcement came on the SEIU website, proclaiming on July 16

Dignity Clause Strengthened

Under our new contract, members have more rights when it comes to workplace bullying or other violations of the dignity clause.

Our bargaining team succeeding in obtaining language that strengthens the Dignity Clause (Article 5.11) so that employees who believe they have not been treated with generally accepted standards of dignity and human courtesy may now file a grievance. Previously, members could only file a complaint of dignity clause violations to their department head.

In addition, our new contract requires each state department to maintain a Workplace Violence and Bullying Prevention policy and distribute it to each employee.

“We fought for the strongest possible protections for our members who experience workplace bullying–I know firsthand how a bully boss can create a nightmare for you at work,” said Sophia Perkins, chair of Bargaining Unit 4, who testified about her own experiences during bargaining. “One reason I became active in the union is to address this issue and hold bullying bosses accountable.”

The text of Article 5.11 Dignity Clause, agreed upon on June 9, 2013 is …

“The State is committed to providing a workplace where all employees, regardless of their classification or pay status, are treated by supervisors and managers in a manner that maintains generally accepted standards of human dignity and courtesy. Employees alleging they have not been treated accordingly may file a grievance. The decision reached at Step 3 (CalHR) shall be final.”

Further, management proposed language for Article 10.21 Workplace Violence and Bullying Prevention …

“The State and Union developed a model Workplace Violence and Bullying Prevention program. Each department shall maintain a Workplace Violence and Bullying Prevention program that meets the existing mutually agreed upon model program. The department program shall be in writing and distributed an/or made available to all employees.”

See the signatures of the negotiating team members on each of these articles.

A “Mini-Arbitration Procedure” has been pilot tested and now made permanent for the life of the new contract. It creates a standing panel of four arbitrators, two assigned by the Union and two by the State. Article 6.14 creates the panel and spells out rules to expedite the hearing process. Arbitration begins at Step 4. Disputes over the Dignity Clause end at Step 3. It appears that like in the 2009 NAGE-State of Massachusetts contract, arbitration is not something the States, as employers, are willing to subject themselves to.

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Jane Bethel, NAGE, supports WBI and Healthy Workplace Bill, 6 of 9

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

NAGE Local 200 Pres & NAGE E-Board member Jane Bethel supports WBI, Healthy Workplace Bill, and Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, National Press Club, Oct. 15, 2012. Bethel is Virginia HWB State Coordinator.

Presenters Roster: Namie | Shelton | Henry | Holway & Sorozan | McNeill | Bethel | Cooke | Dias | Baker

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NAGE-David Holway & Greg Sorozan-supports WBI and Healthy Workplace Bill, 4 of 9

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

NAGE President David C. Holway and NAGE VP Greg Sorozan support WBI, Healthy Workplace Bill, and Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, National Press Club, Oct. 15, 2012. Sorozan is one of the HWB MA State Coordinators.


Presenters Roster: Namie | Shelton | Henry | Holway & Sorozan | McNeill | Bethel | Cooke | Dias | Baker

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NAGE Efforts on Anti-Bullying in the Workplace Recognized at National Press Club Event

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

From the blog of the National Association of Government Employees, Oct. 15, 2012 …

NAGE—and particularly the work of National Vice President Greg Sorozan and National Executive Board member Jane Bethel—were recognized today at a Freedom from Workplace Bullies event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event commemorates the 5th annual weeklong (Oct. 14-20) focus on anti-bullying efforts spearheaded by the Workplace Bullying Institute.

Greg Sorozan, Jane Bethel, David Holway

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BNA: Labor Leaders Press States to Adopt Legislation to Curb Workplace Bullying

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

by Stephen Lee, Daily Labor Report, Bloomberg BNA, Oct. 15, 2012

Union officials, civil rights groups, and formerly abused workers urged states to adopt anti- bullying legislation at an Oct. 15 press conference convened by the Workplace Bullying Institute.

Anti-bullying bills have been introduced in 21 states, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington.

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WBI Showcases Support for Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week at the National Press Club

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

When: Monday October 15, 10-11 am
Where: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
What: Commemoration of WBI’s Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week

Who: An all-star lineup of support from a diverse range of organizations and national leaders.

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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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City of Norfolk reneges on promise to create workplace bullying policy

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

VA State Coordinator for the Healthy Workplace Bill, Jane Bethel, holds City of Norfolk accountable for promise to create a workplace bullying policy. Nothing done as of Dec. 27, 2011.

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