Posts Tagged ‘unions and bullying’
Friday, March 1st, 2013
Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying
by Sam Hananel, Associated Press, March 1, 2013
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.”
Tags: AP, associated press, employment law, Gary Namie, Greg Sorozan, Healthy Workplace Bill, Massachusetts healthy workplace advocates, Sharon Parella, SHRM, unions and bullying, workplace bullying
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Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Workplace Bullying Research
WBI’s research complements the books, websites designed to help afflicted targets and their families, individualized support we give targets and Workplace Bullying University® for which research — ours and hundreds of others — is the foundation.
Below is the WBI set of 33 studies, arranged by topic, exploring most aspects of the workplace bullying phenomenon primarily from the perspectives of targeted individuals, conducted since the year 2000.
Use links to access all study synopses & downloadable reports.
Tags: Bullying rate compared to discrimination, Bullying tactics, Economic impact on bullying for targets, Employers' attitudes & actions, Gary Namie, Health harm from bullying, HR & bullying, Internet/Social media use & bullying, Lone perpetrator or multiple bullies, Mediation & bullying, Mobbing, Politics & bullying, Race of bullied targets, research, Targets' responses to bullying, U.S. National Prevalence, unions and bullying, WBI research, Why bullying happens, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
According to 223 visitors to the Workplace Bullying Institute site over the 2012 Labor Day holiday period, 76% of respondents to our Instant Poll question considered unions necessary. In nearly equal numbers, 72% believed that unions need to change, to adapt to either do a better job stopping bullying or to reinvent themselves to better unify workers.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
The Ventura County Workplace Bullying Story
updated Oct. 27, 2010
Follow the story of a worker-driven push for change of a government workplace culture to drive out bullying. No ending yet. We support the unions whose workers deserve to be free from abusive conduct and retaliation. And we support the County administration that has the opportunity to turn a PR disaster into triumph and do the right thing.
Tags: grand jury, SEIU local 721, unions and bullying, Ventura County, workplace bullying
Posted in Employers Gone Wild: Doing Bad Things, Fairness & Social Justice Denied, Unions | 2 Archived Comments | Post A Comment (