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Monday, October 24th, 2011
On Oct. 22, the final day of Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week 2011, William Barth, editor of the Beloit (WI) Daily News published an editorial screed mocking state Rep. Roys and Sen. Coggs for introducing the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill with much fanfare. Barth’s perspective was pedestrian Chamber of Commerce drivel mixed with sarcastic insults of adults who dare to claim they have experienced workplace bullying.
This type of essay is common in the American business press. We typically ignore them. But in light of Freedom Week, we thought it useful to reply sarcastically in order to defend our constituents — bullied workers. No malice is intended, just an attempt to provide facts for the falsehoods and adjustment for those with arrested moral development.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Bullied targets recognize lying. Lies about needing to save money are the governors’ (expect this to roll into other states near you, Wisconsin is just the beginning) rationale for eliminating the few remaining rights workers have. You non-union folks know that you have no rights to give up. Turns out that the newly elected Wisc governor inherited a surplus. There was no financial crisis in that state, says former co-chair of the state joint finance committee, state Rep. Marc Pocan.
In states where there are genuinely dire financial straits, the governors are blaming unions. Really? Why do we have such collective amnesia? How gullible is the American public? Remember the investors who ripped off the world and mortgage borrowers and allowed us saps to absorb the losses? And not one has gone to jail for it (read Matt Tiabi’s new article).
And so the pattern is repeated in every bullying scenario. Bullies cost the employer, corporate or government, tons of cash that the employer whines they cannot afford to spare. Yet, they keep the bully on payroll while the losses mount from undesirable turnover, absenteeism, presenteeism, workers’ comp, disability insurance, and a damaged reputation as the worst place to work. Bullies are too expensive to keep, but it’s about power and cozy relationships between executive sponsors and their favorite sons and daughters. It’s never about the money.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
WBI has been to Madison and walked the Capitol halls now filled with protesters. We were arguing for our modest workers’ rights bill (the anti-bullying HWB) in 2010. It didn’t get out of committee, but Wisconsin’s historical concern for working people oozed from the testimony and the lawmakers there
This is the land of “Fightin’ Bob” LaFollette, the reformer, John Nichols, Ed Garvey and his annual Fightin’ BobFest and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (who had the misfortune of launching his new org. Progressives United the same week as the massive worker rallies and who said today (the governor’s action)” is one of the least Wisconsin-like things I’ve ever seen anyone do.” The Green Bay Packers back the workers.
Monica Walker (no relation to the evil gov) is WI State Coordinator for the HWB.
Tags: budget repair bill, collective bargaining rights, Ed Garvey, Fightin' BobFest, Russ Feingold, SB 11, Scott Walker, Wisconsin
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