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City of Berkeley Drafts Anti-Bullying Proclamation

A Proclamation Regarding Workplace Bullying

 

Whereas, the City of Berkeley has an interest in promoting the social and economic well-being of its employees and citizens; and

 

Whereas, that well-being depends upon the existence of healthy and productive employees working in safe and abuse-free work environments; and

 

Whereas, surveys and studies have documented the stress-related health consequences for individuals caused by exposure to abusive work environments; and

 

Whereas, abusive work environments can create costly consequences for employers, including reduced productivity, absenteeism, turnover and employee health-related expenses; and

 

Whereas, protection from abusive work environments should apply to every worker, and not limited to legally protected class status based only on race, color, gender, national origin, age, or disability; and

 

[end preamble part, then choose from optional actions below]

 

 

Option 1 -- City employees to enjoy a bullying-free workplace based on new anti-bullying code of conduct (to be created)

 

Whereas, the City of Berkeley, as an employer, is able and willing to create positive, bullying-free work environments for City employees;

 

Now, therefore, we, [name of entity -- City or Labor Commission], adopt unique code of conduct to apply to all City employees that proscribes health-harming mistreatment (cite code number).

 

Signed this nth day of January, 2006

 

 

Option 2 -- the City employees protected by code; Vendors/Suppliers of goods and services urged to comply

 

Whereas, the City of Berkeley, as an employer and as a contractor of goods and services from approved Vendors, is able and willing to create positive, bullying-free work environments for City employees; and for employees and subcontractors of the City Vendors;

 

Now, therefore, we, [name of entity -- City or Labor Commission], do hereby strongly urge (or encourage) all Vendors and their subcontractors to comply with the City's code of conduct that proscribes health-harming mistreatment (cite code number).

 

Signed this nth day of January, 2006

 

 

Option 2a --  the City employees protected by code; Vendors and all licensed businesses urged to comply

 

Whereas, the City of Berkeley, as an employer and as a contractor of goods and services from approved Vendors and as the location for independent businesses within City limits, wishes to create positive, bullying-free work environments for City employees;  and for employees and subcontractors of the City Vendors; and for employees of enterprises licensed to conduct business within the City limits;

 

Now, therefore, we, [name of entity -- City or Labor Commission], adopt unique code of conduct to apply to all City employees that proscribes health-harming mistreatment (cite code number), and do hereby strongly urge (or encourage) City Vendors and their subcontractors and businesses licensed by the City to comply with the provisions of (cite code number).

 

Signed this nth day of January, 2006

 

 

 

Option 3 -- City/Labor Commission declares Freedom Week

 

Now, therefore, we, [name of entity -- City or Labor Commission], do hereby proclaim Monday October 23 through Sunday October 29, 2006, as

 

Freedom From Bullies Week

 

in the City of Berkeley, and we [entity] urge all citizens, licensed businesses within the City, and City Vendors to join us in recognizing this observance.

 

Signed this nth day of January, 2006

 

 

CITY OF BERKELEY

COMMISSION ON LABOR

 

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Minutes

November 17, 2004

 

3.  Public Comments

Bill Lepowsky- presented information re: workplace bullying & psychological violence.  He also invited staff & commissioners to a lunch meeting on December 10, 2004, with psychologist Gary Namie, PhD, co-founder & president of the Workplace Bullying and Trauma Institute, for a discussion on this issue.

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Minutes

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

 

New Business
 

8.  Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

     Chairperson Kilday-Hicks reported on meeting in December w/ Directors of the Workplace Bullying &Trauma Institute.  R. Kilday-Hicks would like to raise awareness for targets of workplace bullying.  N. Smith to contact Bill Lepowsky to request a presentation at a future meeting

 

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Minutes

February 16, 2005
6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

 

New Business

 

9.  Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

     Presentation

Berkeley Commission on Labor

North Berkeley Senior Center

February 16, 2005

 

 “Workplace Bullying and Mobbing - Its Negative Impact on Labor & Our World”

Presenters

William Lepowsky, M.A.

Elaina Rose Lovejoy, Ph.D.

Rhea Settles, M.Ed.

 

 

I.          Introductions – brief background; why are we here?

II.        What is workplace bullying and mobbing?

III.       Why is it important to Labor?

a.      Impact on organization’s goal achievement

b.     Impact organization’s workers compensation/litigation

c.     Impact on employees’ trust and morale in organization

d.     Impact on organization’s reputation

IV.      How do you know you are dealing with a bully or a mob?

a.      Actions are erroneous – actions based upon assumptions

b.     Continuous abuse of influence/power/position

c.     Using personal feelings about a target as a rationale for work reprimand, demotion, dismissal

d.     Continuous misrepresentations and nitpicking towards the target

e.      Disparate treatment – apply policy (written or unwritten) only to the target, or invent policy and procedure to be applied to the target

V.         What can organizations do to stop bullying and mobbing?

a.      Cease and desist orders

b.     Fair and impartial investigation

c.     Anti-bullying policy and enforcement procedures

d.     Training for all employees on bullying (including management)

e.      Professional development for the bully

VI.      What can the City of Berkeley do?

a. Issue a proclamation

b. Create a policy

c.  Urge Assemblywoman Hancock to re-introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill in the Assembly (the deadline fast approaches)

d. Adopt an anti-bullying ordinance that protects all City employees

e.  Sponsor an educational session by Drs. Gary and Ruth Namie for all invited employees -- free to employees and paid for by the Commission/City in partnership

f. Contract with Drs. Gary and Ruth Namie to facilitate the writing of a policy or ordinance and enforcement process and do general education

 

When I say that evil has to do with killing, I do not mean to restrict it to corporal murder.

 Evil is also that which kills the spirit.

-M. Scott Peck

 

       Commission will continue discussions re: this issue.  No action at this time.

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Minutes

March 16, 2005

 

9.   Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

       Commissioners are interested in bringing public attention to the issue of bullying in the workplace; first step may be to introduce the issue by requesting that Council issue a proclamation.  Sample proclamation will be reviewed at April meeting.

 

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Minutes

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Business

 

8.  Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

     R. Kilday-Hicks presented a draft of the Proclamation for Council, edits were recommended & a revised draft will be prepared.  No action at this time.

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Minutes

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

9.   Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

      Draft proclamation reviewed, R. Kilday-Hicks will revise & prepare a 2nd draft    per input from Commissioners.  Staff is directed to prepare an information report for Council.  No action at this time.

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Minutes

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

9.   Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

Information report reviewed by Commission, staff will forward to agenda review process for placement on Council agenda. 

      M/S/C (B. Gilbert; E. Monk-Hallberg) to direct staff to issue a press release for public education on the information calendar item “Workplace Bullying” for July 12 council meeting.  Community media contacts will be B. Gilbert and R. Kilday-Hicks; Ayes: unanimous; Absent: None; Leave of absence: N. Smith

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July 12, 2005

 

Information Calendar

http://www.peu1.org/pdfs/bullying.pdf

3-page document

From: Commission on Labor

Subject: Workplace Bullying

NOTE:  This is an important document that is worth reading.  Click on the link.

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Minutes

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

8.       Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

Public comments by:  Elaina Rose Lovejoy, Ph.D. & William Lepowsky, M.A.   Additional written information was provided including information prepared by Rhea Settles M.Ed.

M/S/C (Hicks-Kilday, Kaufman) to 1) explore proclamation by Councilperson Worthington (N. Smith for follow-up), 2) meet with City Attorney re: guidance on policy for possible laws/procedures, 3) promote public media attention (guests encouraged to prepare letters for publication in newspapers), 4) promote education session w/ public, 5) keep Workplace Bullying on future agendas.

Ayes: Unanimous; Absent: R. Folberg, B. Gilbert (departed early), and M. Id-Deen.

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Minutes

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


8.   Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

Sarah Reynoso, Deputy City Attorney present to answer questions regarding possible future actions by commission.

N. Smith will forward draft proclamation language to Council member Worthington’s office.

     Public comment:  William Lepowsky from Laney College provided written materials regarding the Healthy Workplace Bill, which were distributed to   Commission & staff.

      No action at this time.

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Minutes

January 18, 2006

 

8.  Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

     Draft of proclamation was forwarded to Council member Worthington’s office.  No action at this time.

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Minutes

March 15, 2006

 

8.       Workplace Bullying – Information and Action

M/S/C (Smith, Gilbert) to hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, April 27th, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at North Berkeley Senior Center, with a Workshop and Presentation by Dr. Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying and Trauma Institute.

            Passed Unanimously

          Absent:  None

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For Immediate Release

Special Meeting of the Commission on Labor

Workshop: Workplace Bullying

 

Berkeley, California (March 27, 2006)  The Commission on Labor will hold a Special Meeting on April 27, 2006 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue. The issue of Bullying in the Workplace has become a hot topic throughout the U.S. and other countries over the past few years. It is the Commission's goal to provide information to the public regarding this issue and as part of their April meeting, will host a Workshop, with a presentation by Gary Namie, PhD., of the Workplace Bullying & Trauma Institute in Bellingham, Washington. Topics will include: (a) Definitions and description of the phenomenon, (b) International roots (c) Research-driven profiles of the principal players -- Who Bullies & Who Gets Bullied, the witnesses, (d) The effects of uncurbed stress on the organization and its people, (e) Solutions: Personal and Organizational, and (f) The changing Legal landscape.

For additional information contact Delfina Geiken, Commision Secretary, at (510) 981-7551.

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Minutes

April 27, 2006

 

4.  Workshop:  Workplace Bullying

Presented by:   Gary Namie, PhD - Workplace Bullying & Trauma Institute

    

(a)   Definitions and description of the phenomenon, (b) International roots

(c) Research-driven profiles of the principal players -- Who Bullies & Who Gets Bullied, the witnesses, (d) The effects of uncurbed stress on the organization and its people, (e) Solutions:  Personal and Organizational, and (f) The changing Legal landscape.

Public Comments, Questions & Answers

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Minutes

November 16, 2006

 

9.          Workplace Bullying – Information & Action

Smith provided brief update on attempts to contact Dr. Gary Namie.  No action at this time, will be carried over to next meeting.

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