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2015-16 Legislative Activity

Massachusetts was the 6th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill


  • House Bill H 1771 was introduced on March 11, 2015 by Rep. Ellen Story and 57 other co-sponsors!
  • You can read the text of H 1771. It is the complete version of the WBI Healthy Workplace Bill.
  • H 1771 was referred to the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development
  • The complete list of sponsors: Ellen Story, Jennifer L. Flanagan, Chris Walsh, Benjamin Swan, Louis L. Kafka, Marjorie C. Decker, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Mathew Muratore, David M. Rogers, Gailanne M. Cariddi, Diana DiZoglio, Mary S. Keefe, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Paul Brodeur, Daniel M. Donahue, John W. Scibak, Steven Ultrino, Denise Provost, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Barbara L'Italien, Brian M. Ashe, Ruth B. Balser, James B. Eldridge, Danielle W. Gregoire, Patricia A. Haddad, Jonathan Hecht, Kay Khan, Peter V. Kocot, John J. Mahoney, Brian R. Mannal, Thomas M. McGee, James J. O'Day, Frank I. Smizik, Aaron Vega, Sean Garballey, Lori A. Ehrlich, Kenneth I. Gordon, Denise C. Garlick, David T. Vieira, Tom Sannicandro, Christine P. Barber, Kevin J. Kuros, Byron Rushing, Paul W. Mark, Angelo L. D'Emilia, Todd M. Smola, Bruce J. Ayers, Brendan P. Crighton, Stephen Kulik, Alice Hanlon Peisch, Alan Silvia, Harold P. Naughton, Jr., Walter F. Timilty, Jason M. Lewis, Carlos Gonzalez, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Sal N. DiDomenico, Stephen L. DiNatale
  • Coming soon: Links to all legislative sponsors to make it easy for you to thank them.
  • Visit the website for the MA Healthy Workplace Advocates.

Endorsements

The following organizations have voiced their support for the current workplace bullying legislation.


Pre-2015 Activity

Boston TV WWLP-22 coverage of the
Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates Freedom Week Seminar Oct. 19, 2012




  • In Boston MAHWA held a Freedom Week event on October 19, 2012 entitled "Workplace Bullying: Who are the Aggressors and What Can We Do About Them?"

    The featured speaker was Dr. Ronald Schouten, director of the Law & Psychiatry Service at Mass. General Hospital and author of Almost a Psychopath. which includes a very good chapter on workplaces that mentions WBI's studies. Greg Sorozan will also participate in a panel discussion as one of four distinguished panelists. Suffolk Law Professor David Yamada moderated.

  • Greg Sorozan, one of the MA State Coordinators, spoke at the National Press Club on Oct. 15, 2012 as part of a major press conference to commemorate WBI Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week. He discusses the growing strength of the MA Healthy Workplace Advocates.

  • If you live in Massachusetts, please contact and join the
  • MassCOSH just officially signed on to endorse the Healthy Workplace Bill in Massachusetts.
  • Video project by the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates telling why MA residents need and deserve the HWB to become law.
  • Suffolk Law Prof. David Yamada, author of the Healthy Workplace Bill (in MA and every state)


    MA State Co-Coordinator Greg Sorozan, NAGE/SEIU


    July 14, 2011 Committee hearing TV coverage: Deb Calidieri, bullied teacher, Greg Sorozan, MA State Coordinator, & Rep. Coakley-Rivera interviewed



    July 14, 2011 Committee hearing, left to right, Crystal Novich, Greg Sorozan, & Suffolk Law Prof. David Yamada




    Bill History

    2013-2014

    Rep. Ellen Story introduced HB 1766 on Feb. 13, 2013. The bill died on July 31, 2014 waiting for a House floor vote that was never called.

    2011-2012

    Rep. Ellen Story introduced HB 2310, & Senator Katherine Clark introduced the sister-bill S 916. Neither bill received a floor vote after a very successful public hearing.

    2009-10

    Sen. Joan Menard (did not seek re-election) sponsored SB 699. The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a public hearing on Wednesday January 27, 2010. No vote or subsequent action was taken.

    2009

    In 2009, Rep. Story is re-filing her call for a study, but the complete version of the Healthy Workplace Bill has been sponsored by Senator Joan Menard. This will be the third attempt in the state to address bullying through legislation.

    2008

    Representative Ellen Story re-filed the Petition as H 1850

    2007

    Representative Ellen Story re-filed the Petition as H 1850

    2005

    In response to the 2004 public policy question Representative Ellen Story introduced Petition H 3809 calling for the state to study and develop a mandated program for employers to combat bullying. No action was taken.

    2004

    The 3rd District (Hampshire), a public policy question appeared on the ballot through the efforts of a single, bullied individual. The question asked if legislation to address workplace bullying should be crafted. The affirmative responses won a majority (68%) of the vote.

    Volunteer as a Citizen Lobbyist

    Interested in working for enactment of the Healthy Workplace Bill in Massachusetts?

    Fill out the following form and we'll put you in contact with the State Coordinator.



    *Note: Coordinators cannot give advice and are not equipped to help those currently bullied at work. Visit WBI to find resources for bullied targets.


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