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When Bullies Become Bosses (As Well As Department Chairs, Deans and College Presidents)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


Protected: What Would Salman Rushdie Think of a Complaint File with Hunter College Public Safety by a Department of Film and Media Studies Colleague Alleging That a Colleague Was Targeting Him with a Fatwa? – Part 1

Friday, November 24th, 2017

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New York Healthy Workplace Advocates January 15, 2017 – Part 1

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The New York Healthy Workplace Advocates ( are leading the effort in New York State to pass the Healthy Workplace Bill. This message is being sent to provide an update on t NYHWA activities and the status of the Healthy Workplace Bill in New York State.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

In the 2015-2016 legislative session, the Assembly bill number was A3250 and the Senate bill number was S6438.  By the end of the 2015-2016 legislative session, 79 Assembly members and 15 Senators were sponsors of the bill.  The HWB addresses bullying in the workplace, defined as repeated verbal abuse, psychological abuse, work interference and/or work sabotage that prevents work from getting done or some combination of the three.


January 15, 2017 UPDATE:

  • NYHWA presenting at “Prepare and Empower” January 16, 2017
  • Passing of Elizabeth Nostrand
  • Lobby Day I, February 8, 2017 Albany, NY
  • Send NYHWA Your Personal Account of Workplace Bullying
  • Know your Rights Event in NYC, January 27th, 2017
  • December 8, 2016 NYC Call To Action Event
  • Appeal for Unions and Professional Associations to Lobby
  • Volunteer Needed to Assist with Promotion of NYHWA on Facebook
  • Proclamations recognizing “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week” received to
  • date from Municipalities across New York State
  • Check us out at, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube sites

NYHWA presenting at “Prepare and Empower” January 16, 2017

NYHWA is presenting a workplace bullying presentation called “Workplace Bullying: It’s Personal, Not Business at the SHARE Changes “Prepare and Empower” event in Manhattan

SHARE Changes is a coalition of knowledge, resources, and grassroots organizations comprised of ordinary people who have a desire to build solidarity and effect informed, positive change.

SHARE stands for:
– SAFETY (the body)
– HOPE (the spirit)
– AWARENESS (the mind)

SHARE Changes will be hosting its first in-person event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, (Monday) January 16th. The theme is “PREPARE and EMPOWER”.

We will honor Dr. King’s legacy as we learn and participate in workshops, creative activities, and an optional march throughout the community. Let us demonstrate our strength, our solidarity, and our right to protest on this historic day.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm (workshops)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (optional march)
Washington Heights/Inwood (NYC)

Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church (178 Bennett Avenue, 10040). For more information and to register please visit, email, or call (646) 431 – 4716.

Passing of Elizabeth Nostrand

On May 31, 2016, Elizabeth Nostrand passed away.  Elizabeth worked for eight years as the Legislative and Policy Director for Assemblyman Steve Englebright.  NYHWA had a wonderful working relationship with Elizabeth and she was an ally for people who want a law to address workplace bullying.   Those of us at NYHWA are saddened.
She is sadly missed.

Assemblyman Englebright became the Prime Sponsor of the Healthy Workplace Bill beginning March 17, 2008 (A10291).  In 2007, the bill was originally sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Bob Barra.

3. Lobby Day I, February 8, 2017 Albany, NY

We will kick off the 2017 lobbying season with a one-day event on February 8th in Albany. Our focus is to speak with key legislators about potential changes to the bill that we have been considering for the past year.  This event will not be one of our usual lobby day events where we invite people to come to Albany to talk about their experiences.  We expect to have
two other lobby day events in 2017 where, if you are interested, you will be able to participate and talk to our NYS Legislators talk about your workplace bullying experiences and the outcomes of them.

Send NYHWA Your Personal Account of Workplace Bullying

We once again will are seeking personal accounts from individuals who have experienced workplace bullying.  We intend to distribute accounts that we receive to all 213 state legislators at all three of our lobby day events.  Personal accounts are very helpful to show the range of tactics, employer responses and health issues that employees encounter when they are targeted in the workplace. Personal accounts are most effective when they are no longer than 2 pages long and get to the heart of the matter.  Accounts should state what happened, how the abusive behavior affected you, the employment conditions during the period you incurred the abuse and also the one’s current employment situation.

If you are willing to write your personal account and are willing to identify yourself, we ask if you can look up who your state Senator and Assembly member are.  We will personally hand deliver 213 copies of your personal account the entire membership of the NYS legislature and inform those that you are a constituent of know that you live in their district.  Personal accounts from constituents are also extremely useful as legislators have a personal investment to address concerns of those they represent. Personal accounts can be anonymous as well.

Please use the following links to verify who your State Assembly member and Senator are and pass them along to us with your personal account.

To verify who your NYS Assemblymember is, complete the form found at this link:

To verify who your NYS Senator is, complete the form found at this link:

Please send your personal accounts to or via postal mail to:
5500 N. Bailey Avenue, #43
Buffalo, NY 14214

End of Part 1. Will send Part 2 as soon as Part 1 shows up in our mailboxes.

Gregg Morris
Assistant Professor
Hunter College

Attention Colleague Larry Shore Who Calls Himself a Professor on Linkedin

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Recalling as I do, your short stint as chair of the #D:F/M grade appeals committee, this link’s for you!

The Syllabus as a Contract

Update on Petition Supporting NYS Healthy Workplace Bill

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

But first a reminder about one reason I started the petition. Here is the bill supported by the petition.



Coming to New York Soon!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016



Torii Bottomley’s Exhibit Supporting Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Exhibit is at Massachusetts State House.


My Reply to a Reply About the James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism

Friday, April 1st, 2016

I lead with my reply to the reply of  Mr. Buddy Stein, a former D:F/M instructor,  about comments I made about the awards on the #D:F/M listserv known as fm-l. We have crossed swords before. As I recall, one swashbuckling involved the word carpetbagger. And another involved his role as member of a grade appeals committee indulged in serious academic hanky-panky regarding the awarding of a passing grade to a student who had failed a class for cheating. 

[Editor’s Note: Typos, errors have been corrected. Blog post updated April 8, May 3.]


Posted on Hunter-L – Tally Ho: DC 37, PSC Hunter, Academic Bullying

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The following was posted on the Hunter College listserv known as Hunter-L, an once thriving general communication apparatus for student, instructors and staff but has fallen on hard times, frequently reading like a tepid supermarket flyer, no less:


Regarding DC-37 and PSC Hunter, it appears that DC-37@Hunter – DC-37 is the city’s largest public employee union – has been doing a better job helping its members who have been bullied. [Definition of Bullying]

The tally is based on empirical observations and personal experiences.

This is not a rave review of DC-37 on this campus. I don’t know its inner workings as well as I know the inner workings of the PSC Hunter Chapter, which has been compromised for years. That reality about the ethical compromise might not stick in Colleagues’ craws but it sticks in mine, so much so that a while back I was in a back-and-forth with lieutenants of PSC-CUNY President Barbara Bowen.

The rest is in the attachment.


Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Below is a copy of the emailed I wrote in response to an email I receive from Colleague Tami Gold about the James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism. T-Gold is the self-appointed director of the awards, replacing Erstwhile Colleague Peter Parisi who retired a while back. The Awards Ceremony has been moribund for years. T-Gold believes she can breathe some kind of life into it. She shares her position with an adjunct who asked that I not mention her name in any of Hunter-L postings. And, for now, I’m am following that adjunct’s wishes for now regarding this blog site.

... trying to intimidate a Colleague when she was Hunter College PSC Chapter Chair.

… trying to intimidate a Colleague when she was Hunter College PSC Chapter Chair.