What’s the best way to address workplace bullying? California’s largest union (SEIU 1000) decided to do it by simply expanding the workplace violence portion of their Dignity Clause (See documents below). Each state department is required to maintain and distribute a “workplace violence & bullying” policy to their employees. Just north of us, Ontario Bill 168 does the same thing. Unions have played an historic role in America as the advocate for the voiceless worker and this of course begs the question – why haven’t union leaders made this case to legislators to follow Ontario’s lead in using workplace violence as the basis of legislative protection for millions of suffering workers?
“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.” seiu1000.org
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- Bullied or Mobbed at Work? Read The New Survival Guide (bullyinworkplace.com)
- Using Workplace Violence Policies to Fight Workplace Bullying (bullyinworkplace.com)