Manager AssAults UMD EMployee, Administration NEglects Firm Action
AFSCME Local 1072 demands action from the University of Maryland's president, Dr. Wallace D. Loh, to investigate management practices and to terminate a violent manager that continues to intimidate workers with physical assaults while receiving minimum consequences.
WHAT IS WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
Workplace violence is not just limited to physical assault, but can also include near misses, verbal abuse, and sexual harassment. Even the fear of assault or witnessing an assault on a coworker can have serious health affects on workers.
EFFECTS OF VIOLENCE
Aside from physical injuries, violent, abusive or threatening incidents in the workplace often result in serious and disabling psychological damage. Victims of workplace violence also have an increased risk of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder common among combat veterans and victims of terrorism, crimes, rape and other violent incidents. Psychological trauma is a common outcome of violent incidents, but one that has not received nearly enough attention or study. Emotional problems resulting from violent incidents include self doubt, depression, fear, post traumatic stress syndrome, loss of sleep, irritability, disturbed relationships with family, friends and co-workers, decreased ability to function at work, and increased absenteeism. Workers often blame themselves when they are injured in an assault, and management often encourages this self-blame. It is rare that these issues are dealt with effectively even in the short term. But there is increasing evidence that victims and witnesses of violent incidents need long term treatment to fully overcome these problems.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
If you are a victim of workplace violence or witness workplace violence, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and fellow co-workers :
A steward will contact you and work to develop a plan of action to prevent harm to you or your co-workers.