Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’
Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Our societal tendency to blame victims of all sorts undercuts our ability to make systemic changes. If individuals are responsible rather than schools, employers and man-made (sic) organizations, then nothing ever has to change.
This is one of the many forms of resistance we face in the workplace bullying movement.
An interesting case surfaced in which a Wisconsin high school principal, Jon Wiltzius, was upset with a story published in the student’s monthly magazine. The editors bravely took on the topic of rape and blaming victims in their school. Three victims told their stories anonymously. Kudos for editors-in-chief Rachel Schneider and Tanvi Kumar.
The cover story ruffled the feathers of the principal responsible for the organizational (building) culture. His reaction — to cite case law that the District has control, not the student editors, over the publication — rather than hold an assembly to have all students discuss what may contribute to the normalization of sexual assault in high school and what his school could do about it. Oops. Guess the students are more adult about this serious topic than the principal who chooses to duck his responsibility.
Watch the WBAY-TV, ABC affiliate in Green Bay report
Read the well-written, truthful article on pages 11-16 of the student publication Cardinal Columns at Fond-du-Lac High School.
Tags: blaming the victim, Cardinal Columns, Fond-du-Lac, fundamental attribution error, high school, Jon Wiltzius, rape culture, WBAY-TV, Wisconsin
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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Wisconsin’s WEAU reports on Workplace Bullying and the new legislation introduced in the State Assembly earlier this month.
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.
Monday, October 17th, 2011Out of Madison, WI comes positive legislative news! State Rep. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) and Sen. Spencer Coggs circulated the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill today (Oct. 17) during Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week.
“Bullying is too common a problem in Wisconsin workplaces,” said Rep. Roys. “Workplace bullying significantly impairs workforce productivity and health. I am introducing the Healthy Workplace Bill this session to provide workers reasonable protections.”
Contact Rep. Roys, Wisconsin Assembly (608) 266-5340.
Monday, March 14th, 2011
I have written that We Are All Badgers Now to link WBI’s pro-worker goal, with its aspirational organizational democratic principles. Inherent in our work is to strive toward equality with an intolerance of inequality.
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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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
An hour discussion of Workplace Bullying on the show — At Issue with Ben Merens — Wisconsin Public Radio, Wed. May 26. Dr. Gary Namie was guest with callers.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
by Jack Zemlicka, Wisconsin Law Journal, April 9, 2010 New Berlin plaintiffs’ attorney Shannon D. McDonald frequently gets calls from people who claim to be victims of an abusive work environment. But unless the "bullying" is tied to sexual harassment, age or gender discrimination, the employment law attorney generally has to deliver bad news. "In most instances I say, 'Given the laws, there is nothing I can do for you,'" said McDonald, of Carroll & McDonald LLC. (more…)
Tags: AB 894, defense attorneys, Joel S. Azeire, Shannon D. McDonald, Wisconsin
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Monday, April 19th, 2010
Meet the WI Healthy Workplace Advocates State Coordinator, Monica Walker. “bully fighter” from Mazomanie, WI. In 2010, she championed AB 894 sponsored by Rep. Kelda Roys. You, too can become a Coordinator. Visit the Healthy Workplace Bill Legislative Campaign website, see if your state has a Coordinator. If so, sign up to help her or him. If not, read what it takes and speak with Dr. Namie. Join the elite network of volunteer Coordinators changing the legal landscape of America on behalf of workers exposed unnecessarily to health-harming, abusive mistreatment (workplace bullying).
Read the original article in the Wisconsin State Journal, April 17 by Dee J. Hall