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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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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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I finally did it. I set up a Twitter Account. 
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Dear Bullybusters,

I am trying to arrange for a presentation by Dennis Golden to be held in Middletown or New Britain (this seemed the best location for those who answered my earlier email), but it is probably going to be early May rather than late April. In the meantime, I have a lot of events in April to tell you about!

I just found out that there is an event: Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (HRACC) 
hosts Teresa Daniel, PhD, JD on April 16, 2013, 5 to 8 pm
Sheraton Hotel ~ Rocky Hill, CT
It is very expensive to attend it--$50 for non-members. I will be doing a lot of university-related stuff at that time, so I can't go. Here's the info from the Workplace Bullying Institute: http://www.workplacebullying.org/2013/03/21/daniel/

There is also an event on April 21 at Central Connecticut State University: Race Against Violence. I have paperwork to fill out to get us a table at the event. I believe that is a Sunday, so I could skip church and go. http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=12571   We will have a table at the event, and this week I am going to work with the organizers to see about T-shirts, etc. If anyone wants to participate in the "race" (which is a walk), please let me know via this email: kathyhermes@rocketmail.com.

Then there is the powwow on April 25 from 10-5 at CCSU. We can get a table for that too. We will have swag to give away and some stuff to sell for nominal prices (I think) like mugs and bumperstickers. If we get the stuff by April 21 we can use at the Race too. Here's info on the Powwow: https://www.facebook.com/events/140528979458881/?fref=ts  

I hope to be able to meet some of you at the latter two events, and I will let you know about other events as they pop-up. 

In less happy news, it seems there will be no Healthy Workplace Bill in CT this year. But next year--we fight on!!! In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for NY and MA which have a very good chance. 
-- 
Katherine A. Hermes, J.D., Ph.D.
Volunteer Coordinator
Connecticut Healthy Workplace Advocates
https://www.facebook.com/ConnecticutHealthyWorkplaceAdvocates
http://www.change.org/petitions/connecticut-state-legislators-pass-the-anti-bullying-healthy-workplace-bill

"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?" 
Dorothy Day
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