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"Connecticut now has a raised bill, 1035, that is coming up for a public hearing on today, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building. 1035 is not a good bill....
We need this to stop. It won’t stop if no speaks up.
Marlene can’t speak for herself. As an old friend, I am adding my voice in place of hers for the Healthy Workplace Bill."
http://ctmirror.org/…/op-ed-connecticuts-proposed-workplac…/
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Public Hearing on Workplace Bullying

If you are going to testify, sign ups start at 12:30, but they will continue to take names on the list. Until adjournment, they accept testimony. If you get out of work at 5:00, say, you can call 860-240-0100 to see if the hearing is still going or just show up. 
If you work and can't make it you can still submit written testimony. All testimony, whether you are there or not, needs to be submitted through the website by emailing it to LABTestimony@cga.ct.gov. You no longer need multiple copies with you, though.
What to do:
Heading: SB 1035: An Act Concerning Workplace Bill must appear on testimony. 
You have only 3 minutes to speak. 
Don't read your testimony. They have that. Speak to bullet points:
-Your story, briefly.
-The Healthy Workplace Bill is what I want because it provides a remedy for targets, it's fair and balanced between the interests of targets and the interests of business, and it has no fiscal impact on the state. 
Go to the Labor and Public Employees Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2015
2:30 PM in Room 1E of the LOB
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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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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!
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A Proclamation from Voluntown, CT!
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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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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
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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! 
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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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