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UK Unions Address Workplace Bullying

Friday, November 29th, 2013

A new study from the UK Federation of Entertainment Unions found that workplace bullying, along with harassment and discrimination, is major issue in the creative industries.

The report took center stage at the Creating without Conflict conference in London on November 19, 2013. Along with the survey results the Unions called for confidential hotlines to help their bullied members, as well as better training for management.

From The Stage


These findings come from a survey, Creating Without Conflict, compiled by the Federation of Entertainment Unions, which includes Equity, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, the Musicians’ Union, BECTU and the National Union of Journalists. Its aim was to assess how widespread bullying, harassment and discrimination is in the entertainment and media industries, with more than 4,000 people from across the different unions taking part. Respondents included household names and top screenwriters, as well as people at the beginning of their careers.

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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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2013 Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week: Oct. 20-26

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Breaking the Silence about this Hidden Epidemic

Freedom From Bullies WeekAnnouncing the 2013 Workplace Bullying Institute Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week — October 20-26. Created to be a special time to try something different to stop workplace bullying for bullied targets, coworkers, family members, supervisors, managers, HR, executives, lawmakers, cities, counties and communities. Read our suggestions for activities.

Watch videos from the 2012 Washington DC event featuring union officials. Read the proclamations from cities and counties.

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Naomi Klein: Working stiffs as corporate “overburden”

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

At the launching convention this past Labour Day weekend of a new Canadian union — Unifor — Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, spoke.

Her book describes the international conservative movement to privatize governments, to bust unions and to commodify natural resources for corporate profits. The Shock Doctrine is the impetus for removing public control of the city of Detroit and putting it in the hands of a financial manager prepared to sell off nearly all public assets and privatize all services. The Shock in her doctrine is the false claim that we are broke and cannot afford to help citizens anymore. [If only we weren't so busy making expensive wars that sap taxpayer funds.] Governments then impose austerity on the public and worsen their situations. Then, they make the argument that corporations know better how to run businesses so they should take over where government “failed.”

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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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Workplace Bullying Institute joins San Francisco LaborFest 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

San Francisco LaborFest 2013
Workplace Bullying, Health and Safety

Saturday July 27 11:00 – 4:00 PM (Free)
ILWU Local 34 Hall
801 2nd St. next to AT&T Stadium, San Francisco

Registration Requested: Call 415-282-1908 or e-mail to laborfest@laborfest.net

Presenters:
Dr. Gary Namie, Director, WBI
Carrie Clark, California Healthy Workplace Advocates
Greg Sorozan, Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates, NAGE-SEIU Natl VP
Stacie Plummer, City Of Richmond Library Worker
IFPTE Local 21 Steward
Brenda Barros, SEIU Local 1021 San Francisco General Hospital
Dr. Derek Kerr, SF General Hospital whistleblower
Dr. Larry Rose, former Director of the Cal Osha Medical Unit
Kathleen Carroll, attorney

Sponsors: Stop Workplace Bullying Group SWBG
Injured Workers National Network, IWNN
Grupo Presente
California Healthy Workplace Advocates

For information contact IWNN at (415) 282-1908.

There will be live streaming of this event on the internet. Watch this blog for details.

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Chancellor’s Leadership of Campus Anti-Workplace Bullying Campaign

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Here at WBI, we have long contended that organizations need their highest ranking leaders to genuinely want to stop workplace bullying. Lip service from the top might be adequate to get an initiative started by the internal champions and advocates, but the risk is that the executive reserves the right for him or herself to stop the program without warning or justification. Unfortunately, most executives squash attempts by earnest champions at the start.

Here’s a rare good news tale from the University of Massachusetts. These are the words of the Chancellor writing to all campus staff with my comments in burgundy.

Shortly after my arrival on campus last year, I learned of the disturbing results of a survey about workplace bullying that had been administered to all faculty and staff members. While the numbers were consistent with those found at workplaces of all types throughout the country, this is clearly an area in which UMass Amherst aspires to be something much better than average.

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Amherst Bulletin: UMass smart to address campus bullying

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Amherst Bulletin Editorial
June 5, 2013

Bullying has become a major issue over the past few years, and rightfully so. The focus has been mainly on children and teens and the sometimes tragic results of the emotional battering that is still far too commonplace. But at least public schools in this state have taken a strong no-tolerance stand and imposed measures to educate children and swiftly deal with incidents. That does have an impact.

But bullying is not reserved for the young. Though it is not so openly discussed, adults are mistreated this way, too, and the workplace is an area where victims are particularly vulnerable, as their livelihoods are at stake. Therefore, we applaud University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and other campus officials for publicly recognizing this and taking steps to improve the work environment for campus staff.

Troubled by statistics and comments gathered in an online survey last fall, Subbaswamy sent a memo to faculty and staff recently saying that although the UMass results line up with data gathered at other workplaces across the country, the university finds this unacceptable and is working on ways to eliminate bullying from campus offices.

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Abused domestic workers may get champion at Obama’s Dept of Labor

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Just when it looked like President Obama knew no one to add to his cabinet that spoke the language of working folks, he has decided to use the nomination to Department of Labor Secretary to hoist Thomas Perez on his shoulders. Said the President today

“He’s the son of Dominican immigrants. He helped pay his way through college as a garbage collector and working at a warehouse. He went on to become the first lawyer in his family. So his story reminds us of this country’s promise”

According to reports, Perez, currently working in the Civil Rights Division of the federal Justice Department, was the second person of color to ever be elected to the Montgomery County (MD) Council. While on the Council, Perez pushed a “bill of rights” for domestic workers, tried to toughen county laws against predatory lending and supported the expansion of medical clinics to serve the uninsured. He also fought to import cheaper prescription drugs for county employees — a plan blocked by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Gary Namie on Workplace Bullying & Unions, Minneapolis April 30

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Bullying in the Public Workplace, a program for Unions
Dr. Gary Namie, WBI Director

Tuesday April 30, 1-4 pm
Hennepin County Bar Assoc, Minneapolis

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