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SF Stop Workplace Bullying Rally And Speak-out

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Date:
Monday, October 17, 2016
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
SEIU 1021 SF Cope
Location Details:
San Francisco City Hall
Polk St. Entrance near McAllister St.
San Francisco

10/17 SF Stop Workplace Bullying Rally And Speak-out
Monday October 17, 2016 5:00 PM
San Francisco City Hall Polk St. Entrance

October is the annual commemoration of Stop Workplace Bullying Week

Workers and advocates for health and safety on the job will join together at San Francisco city hall to speak out against workplace bullying. There is an epidemic of workplace bullying in the United States causing injuries to workers, their families, co-workers as well as the public. Workplace bullying is creating unsafe workplaces and a toxic environment for all workers. We need to educate ourselves and the public to stop workplace bullying including legislation to make it illegal, an education campaign in the workplace and actions against bullies when management will not reign them in for re-training or discipline. Workplace bullying also is a growing cause of workers compensation for mental and physical distress and is sometimes costing the lives of workers who are bullied.
In the City and County of San Francisco has had to pay out tens millions of tax dollars in compensation to whistleblowers who have been bullied for exposing financial mismanagement, corruption and cronyism. Many of these workers put their careers and their jobs in jeopardy because they were conscience and wanted to do their jobs.
Workers should not have to put up with an unsafe work environment that threatens their health and safety.

This rally will hear about what workplace bullying, who is doing it and how to stop it. Only our collective action can really put an end to this terror on the job.

Sponsored by
SEIU 1021 San Francisco COPE
Stop Workplace Bullying Group
http://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org
United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info
Injured Workers National Network
https://www.facebook.com/Injured-Workers-National-Network-IWNN-108362552680848/
If you would like to speak please contact
(925)437-0593

For more information
http://www.workplacebullying.org/freedom-week/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ6-NSRchq0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRi0P-Ba4Eg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcjUzlZ1LuQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
Added to the calendar on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 10:17PM
§Stop Workplace Bullying-Stand Up Speak Out
by SEIU 1021 SF Cope
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There is an epidemic of workplace bullying and workers need to unite, speak out and stand up.

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Wells Fargo complaints show flaws in federal whistleblower program and OSHA
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wells-fargo-accounts-whistleblower-idUSKCN12D2M0
Thu Oct 13, 2016 | 6:32pm EDT
Wells Fargo complaints show flaws in federal whistleblower program
Wells Fargo scandal emboldens fight against big banks
By Sarah N. Lynch | WASHINGTON
Former Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) general manager Claudia Ponce de Leon filed a whistleblower complaint in December 2011 with federal labor regulators, alleging she was fired for telling superiors about employees opening unauthorized accounts.
Nearly five years later, she has not been interviewed by investigators at the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), said her attorney Yosef Peretz.
Her complaint claiming retaliation by Wells Fargo for reporting potential misconduct is one of several dozens filed against the bank over the last 14 years, Reuters has found.
Their existence shows U.S. government regulators are still not meeting targets set by law -- a problem that was also flagged in a critical internal report issued in September 2015.
As of Oct. 6, the agency had yet to close out 34 of the 91 complaints it has received since fiscal year 2002 from Wells Fargo employees alleging they faced retaliation after reporting potential wrongdoing, according to department data obtained through a Reuters public records request. The department did not disclose details of the claims or the dates they were filed, and it remained unclear how many were related to the ongoing scandal involving Wells staffers opening as many as 2 million accounts without customer permission. It is also unclear how those 91 complaints against Wells Fargo compares with other corporations.
The bank last month agreed to pay $190 million in fines and customer restitution in a settlement with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and other regulators.
In late September, Reuters identified Ponce de Leon and at least four other former Wells Fargo employees who reported to OSHA between 2009 and 2014 that they were fired for raising concerns about the opening of unauthorized accounts and credit cards. Of the five OSHA complaints seen by Reuters, Ponce de Leon's case has been pending since December 2011, and another 2014 case was initially dismissed by an OSHA investigator on grounds that were later reversed on appeal by a Labor Department administrative law judge. The bank ultimately reached a settlement with the employee in 2015.
The three other complaints - one in 2009 and two in 2010 - were transferred to state and federal courts, respectively.
One employee of the Labor Department involved with the cases has since filed his own whistleblower claim against the agency, alleging his office has a history of mishandling cases. His complaint does not reference the Wells Fargo complaints specifically.
"It's absolutely outrageous that whistleblowers contacted OSHA as early as 2009 about potential fraud at Wells Fargo, and yet these government bureaucrats failed to do their job," said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican who has been looking into how Wells Fargo's sales practices have impacted small business owners.
Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez said last month that the department has launched a "top-to-bottom" review of prior Wells Fargo whistleblower complaints.
Agency spokesman Jesse Lawder said it is the department's policy not to comment on specific whistleblower cases, but said the review aims to "ensure whistleblowers receive the protections and remedies afforded them."
FILE PHOTO -- Protestors gather outside the Wells Fargo & Co corporate campus in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
Richele Messick, a Wells Fargo spokeswoman, could not comment on individual cases, but said the bank "does not tolerate retaliation against team members who report their concerns and will take measures to protect team members from retaliation."
From fiscal year 2005 through 2015, less than two percent of all whistleblower complaints filed with OSHA were won on the merits, federal statistics show. The rest were either settled, dismissed or transferred to federal courts. Lawyers who represent whistleblowers say OSHA investigators face challenges. One problem is the "crushing case load," which can lead to significant delays, said attorney Jason Zuckerman.
OSHA, which received 3,288 whistleblower cases in fiscal year 2015, currently has 88 full-time investigators across the country in 10 regional offices.
INTERNAL CRITICISM
OSHA refers whistleblower complaints to the relevant federal regulators to investigate. But the office does not always refer them promptly, or sometimes at all, the Labor Department's inspector general found last year.
An earlier audit in September 2010 found that 80 percent of complaints it reviewed were not properly investigated, meaning OSHA staff did not take steps such as interviewing the employee, obtaining a witness list or allowing the employee to refute the employer's defense. The subsequent audit in September 2015 noted improvements, finding that 18 percent of complaints reviewed failed to meet certain investigative criteria. Still, it also found that 72 percent of all of OSHA's investigations were not performed within the 30, 60 or 90-day time frames specified by various whistleblower protection laws.
OSHA disputed some of those findings at the time, saying the audit relied on "inaccurate data" to determine how well it referred cases to other regulators.
Labor Department spokeswoman Amanda McClure said OSHA's practice is to send copies of complaints when it receives them and its findings at the conclusion of the investigation to either the Securities and Exchange Commission or the CFPB, depending on which federal whistleblower law applies.
It is not clear whether OSHA, which received complaints of the unauthorized account openings at Wells Fargo dating at least as far as 2009, referred the matters to federal banking regulators, such as the CFPB and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
The CFPB, a new agency launched in July 2011, has said it did not start investigating the issue until it received tips from whistleblowers in mid-2013.
The OCC has said it first learned about the issues after it received a "small number" of complaints from consumers and bank employees in March 2012. Those complaints and media reports in December 2013 led the regulator to step up its supervision of Wells Fargo.
Darrell Whitman - a former OSHA investigator in the San Francisco office from 2010-2015 - was assigned to three of the five cases examined by Reuters from former Wells Fargo employees alleging retaliation for reporting improper sales tactics. Whitman said he only briefly dealt with Ponce de Leon's 2011 case before it was transferred to another investigator, and he was instructed to close the two 2010 cases because they were slated to be transferred to a federal court.
Another investigator assigned at one point to Ponce de Leon's case, Susan Kamlet, told Reuters the case sat in a stack of other files and that her manager controlled which cases had priority.
Now the former OSHA investigators are making their own claims of retaliation.
Whitman alleges he was fired for raising concerns about the agency's mishandling of whistleblower complaints, and Kamlet says she was fired for supporting his accounts and for raising concerns about a particular case she was investigating.
Whitman has since filed a whistleblower complaint of his own with the Office of Special Counsel, an office that investigates retaliation against federal employees.
His complaint is still pending.
The Labor Department spokeswoman and the Office of Special Counsel declined to comment.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Edward Tobin)

WW 10-4-16 Bullied Wells Fargo Workers & OSHA And SEIU 1021 Contra Costa Social Workers Strike
https://soundcloud.com/…/ww-10-4-16-wells-fargo-workers-and…
WorkWeek looks at the criminal fraud at Wells Fargo and how Wells Fargo workers were bullied and retaliated against for making complaints about the criminal activity at the bank.
Reuters white collar crime reporter Sarah Lynch and former Federal OSHA lawyer and investigator Darrell Whitman are interviewed. Whitman had been assigned some of the cases of Wells Fargo workers who were being bullied for refusing to engage in criminal fraud being pushed by the bank.
Whitman also discusses the culture of corruption at the Department of Labor and OSHA including bullying against OSHA workers and illegal systemic discrimination against workers with disabilities.
WorkWeek also looks at the strike of 1300 SEIU 1021 social service and eligibility workers who went on strike in Contra Costa County against poverty wages and a 40% staff shortage.
For additional media:
http://www.reuters.com/…/us-wells-fargo-accounts-whistleblo…
http://fortune.com/2016/09/29/wells-fargo-employees-sue/
http://www.sfexaminer.com/wells-fargo-faces-labor-departme…/
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WW8-9-16 Fed And State Whistleblowers CTC Carroll and OSHA Whitman
https://soundcloud.com/…/ww8-9-16-fed-and-state-whistleblow…
WorkWeek looks at retaliation of whistleblowers at State and Federal government. We interview attorney Dan Siegel who is representing fired Commission on Teacher Credentialing CTC lawyer Kathy Carroll. She blew the whistle at the state agency controlled by Governor Brown about a massive backlog that was preventing taking action against teachers who were charged with criminal activities in the class room including pornography and sexual activity. Siegel who was interviewed at the Sacramento Superior Court talks about the real reasons Carroll was targeted and what it means to whistleblowers, children and the public.
Next WorkWeek hears from Darrell Whitman who is a Federal OSHA lawyer and investigator at the Whistleblower Protect Program WPP. The program is supposed to defend health and safety advocates who are retaliated against. Whitman talks about the retaliation, the role of top officials of OSHA and the Department of Labor including Secretary Tom Perez. He also discusses how the agency has been captured by the companies that they are supposed regulate.
We then interview Adam Finkel He was director of health rulemaking and a regional administrator for OSHA from 1995–2005 and became a whistleblower. He is now with University Of Pennsylvania where he is a Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Penn Program on Regulation. Recently he contributed an article to the Environmental Law Institute journal with the title Is OSHA a Failed Agency — Or an Unheralded Success? Succeeding With the Cards You Are Dealt. He wrote The rising tides of environmental and safety improvement have done relatively little to lift the boats of workers, who still face injury and illness risks far above what we have come to expect elsewhere in society.
Also joining WorkWeek is Becky McClain a molecular biologist with Pfizer who was fired for raising health and safety concerns and won a Federal Court case for retaliating. She ended up winning but received no protection from OSHA and has a genetically manufactured disease she received from the unsafe laboratory she was complaining about.
Production of Pacifica KPFA WorkWeek Radio
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WW8-7-16 OSHA WPP Investigator Whitman On Cover-up and Corruption
https://soundcloud.com/…/ww8-7-16-osha-wpp-investigator-whi…
Darrell Whitman, a fired Federal OSHA lawyer at the Whistleblower Protection Program WPP talks about the failure of the Office Of Special Counsel OSC to protect federal employees who are whistleblowers and the cover-up and corruption at the Department of Labor and among top Obama officials.
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