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WE NEED YOU TO CALL OR EMAIL the members of the CT Labor and Public Employees Committee THIS WEEK (FEB 17 and 19, 2015), even if you have signed the petition, even if you have written before. They will be considering whether to raise a bill on workplace bullying, and whether that bill will be the Healthy Workplace Bill. The Healthy Workplace Bill has been endorsed by the national NAACP, among others. http://www.cga.ct.gov/lab/
Labor and Public Employees Committee
Legislative Office Building, Room 3800
Hartford, CT 06106
  (860) 240‑0540
Here are the members of the Labor Committee and their websites. I also attached talking points about the bill. 

Please send a brief but individual email to each of them to say you support the Healthy Workplace Bill. If we can get it introduced, there will be a public hearing, and we’ll let you know about that too.

Thank you!

Kathy Hermes
Coordinator, CT Healthy Workplace Advocates
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A Proclamation from Voluntown, CT!
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Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week activity:
Find your legislator and send them this message:
"Dear ________:
Studies have shown that workplace bullying is a silent epidemic in our workplaces. It decreases productivity and increases workers' stress. Targets of abusive conduct have more health problems and more absences even though they were once probably model employees. To help businesses set policy and to make sure those whose health is harmed get help, please pass the Healthy Workplace Bill. You can find out more about it and its history in Connecticut at http://www.healthyworkplacebill.org/states/ct/connecticut.php
Sincerely,
Your constituent, __________"
[Just cut and paste this message into an email or into a Word document to mail.]
Thank you for taking the time to help! 
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp
Current Status & News. Connecticut was the 12th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. Watch Connecticut State Coordinator, Dr. Kathy Hermes, and citizen advocate Laura Lillian Dickerson (a friend of a bullied target), on Waterford CT community television -- March 2013. Bill History ...
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If you are interested in getting a toolkit for Freedom Workplace Bullies Week, Oct. 19-25, email me at ctbullybusters@gmail.com. The toolkit will help you get a proclamation from your mayor or first selectman (or CEO or president) declaring freedom week, as well as info about workplace bullying, and a press release for you to send to your local paper.
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Hartford County Connecticut daily newspaper covering local, regional, and national news including local sports, video and multimedia coverage, and classified advertising.
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Please consider signing the petition linked below:

Current laws do not address workplace bullying/abusive conduct
•35% of adult Americans experience workplace bullying (WBI 2010 U.S. National Survey) That is approximately 54 million Americans! 
•Workplace bullying share similar characteristics to domestic violence
•Harm includes stress-related diseases (cardiovascular, immunological, gastrointestinal), plus anxiety, clinical depression and PTSD.
•Without laws, employers can legally ignore this abusive conduct, and do.

That's why I created a petition to The Connecticut State House, The Connecticut State Senate, and Governor Dan Malloy, which says:

"Support the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, which creates a legal claim for targets of workplace bullying, mobbing, or other abusive conduct at work who can establish that they were subjected to malicious, health-harming behavior. It also provides defenses for employers who act preventatively and responsively with regard to bullying and includes provisions to discourage frivolous claims. 

Existing laws require harassment to be discriminatory. Either race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation is required to be illegal. Approximately two-thirds of all harassment is 'status-blind' and legal. In 1998, the Washington Post editorialized "what bothers people about abusive workplace conduct, after all, is not the fact that it may be discriminatory but that it is abusive in the first place." 

The Healthy Workplace Bill substitutes health-imp airment for discrimination, and extends protection to all employees, working for either public or private employers, regardless of protected group status, who seek redress for being subjected to an abusive work environment. It becomes unlawful to be subjected to another employee whose malicious conduct sabotages or undermines the targeted person's work performance. Furthermore, the bill holds the bullying employee directly liable for the unlawful employment practice and punishes retaliation of the complainant. 

Individual plaintiffs must rely solely on private attorneys. The State has no enforcement role. No government bureaucracy will be created or funded. Individuals may accept workers' compensation benefits in lieu of bringing action under this bill. 

The bill seeks to compel employer prevention through internal policies and enforcement. No new employer regulations are created. " 

Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name: 

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/i-support-the-healthy-1?source=c.fwd&r_by=6902567 
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Please click on the link, sign and share to help Pass a Healthy Workplace Bill in CT this year. The legislative session begins in January. Thanks for your help!
WHEREAS, that well-being depends upon the existence of healthy and productive employees working in safe and abuse-free work environments; and WHEREAS, research has documented the stress-related health consequences for individuals caused by exposure to abusive work environments; and WHEREAS, abusive work environments are costly for employers, with consequences including reduced productivity, absenteeism, turnover, absenteeism and injuries; and...
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Print it, ask some people to sign it (get 5, 10 signatures) and send it in to the address at the top. Make it easy on yourself and don't hold out for 100 signatures. We need to let the legislature and especially the Labor Committee know that we want this bill now! Thanks!
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The Town of Chaplin, City of Groton and Central Connecticut State University have all declared Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, Oct. 19-25! 
Freedom Week: A Call to Stop Workplace Bullying (Hartford, CT)  Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week, October 19-25, 2014 is a national awareness-raising event sponsored by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). “Freedom W...
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9 years ago today. Ranchers, conservationists, BLM. 
First she killed her dogs, shot them in the head with a .38-caliber revolver and covered the two bodies with a quilt. Then Marlene Braun leveled the blue steel muzzle three inches above her right...
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CCSU professor urges law targeting workplace bullying
Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:10 PM EST

By SCOTT WHIPPLE
STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — Workplace bullying is back in the public eye.

According to a recent national survey, an overwhelming majority of Americans — 93 percent — support enactment of a new law that would protect workers from repeated abusive treatment at work. Only 1 percent strongly oppose such a measure.
http://bristolpress.com/articles/2014/03/01/news/doc5312905c3d387131155901.txt
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Thank you for getting in touch with us through the Workplace Bullying Institute. We are an all volunteer grassroots group, Connecticut Healthy Workplace Advocates, supporting the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. 

Please consider signing the petition linked below:

Current laws do not address workplace bullying/abusive conduct
•35% of adult Americans experience workplace bullying (WBI 2010 U.S. National Survey) That is approximately 54 million Americans! 
•Workplace bullying share similar characteristics to domestic violence
•Harm includes stress-related diseases (cardiovascular, immunological, gastrointestinal), plus anxiety, clinical depression and PTSD.
•Without laws, employers can legally ignore this abusive conduct, and do.

That's why I created a petition to The Connecticut State House, The Connecticut State Senate, and Governor Dan Malloy, which says:

"Support the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, which creates a legal claim for targets of workplace bullying, mobbing, or other abusive conduct at work who can establish that they were subjected to malicious, health-harming behavior. It also provides defenses for employers who act preventatively and responsively with regard to bullying and includes provisions to discourage frivolous claims. 

Existing laws require harassment to be discriminatory. Either race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation is required to be illegal. Approximately two-thirds of all harassment is 'status-blind' and legal. In 1998, the Washington Post editorialized "what bothers people about abusive workplace conduct, after all, is not the fact that it may be discriminatory but that it is abusive in the first place." 

The Healthy Workplace Bill substitutes health-imp airment for discrimination, and extends protection to all employees, working for either public or private employers, regardless of protected group status, who seek redress for being subjected to an abusive work environment. It becomes unlawful to be subjected to another employee whose malicious conduct sabotages or undermines the targeted person's work performance. Furthermore, the bill holds the bullying employee directly liable for the unlawful employment practice and punishes retaliation of the complainant. 

Individual plaintiffs must rely solely on private attorneys. The State has no enforcement role. No government bureaucracy will be created or funded. Individuals may accept workers' compensation benefits in lieu of bringing action under this bill. 

The bill seeks to compel employer prevention through internal policies and enforcement. No new employer regulations are created. " 

Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name: 

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/i-support-the-healthy-1?source=c.fwd&r_by=6902567 

Thanks! 

Kathy Hermes
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ConnecticutHealthyWorkplaceAdvocates
Facebook Closed Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cthwa/
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