Workplace bullying is the tendency of individuals to intentionally use aggressive or unreasonable behaviour or comments to hurt or isolate an employee. Other terms used to describe bullying could include psychological violence or harassment, personal harassment, mobbing, and emotional abuse.
It can take various forms: public humiliation in order to control the emotional climate at work; constant criticism; rumour-mongering; and gate-keeping that controls targets by withholding resources like time, budget, autonomy, and training which are necessary to succeed.
Employers have a legal obligation to maintain harassment and bullying-free workplaces, but we know it still happens and our members are harmed.
What can Shop Stewards do when a member comes to them with concerns?
Join us at this month's Virtual Shop Steward Round Table to better understand the issue. Jessica Kish, YEU Labour Relations Advisor will be on hand to discuss some strategies to deal with harassment in the workplace.
All YEU members can participate in union educational activities with no loss in pay. RSVP to let us know that you are coming.
Here is the Zoom link to join:
and we'll send you the zoom link.
Not a Shop Steward?
You can attend this session as well; please RSVP below, and submit a Union Training leave request with your supervisor ASAP if you'll need to miss work to attend.