Against the Current, No. 175, March/
Women Under the Gun, 2015
— The Editors
Pushing Back Civil Rights
— Malik Miah
Vermont Healthcare Justice
— Traven Leyson
Workplace Violence: Silent Epidemic
— Jane Slaughter
Studies About Workplace Violence
— Jane Slaughter
Jobs, Ecology, and Survival
— Lars Henriksson
- Defend Reverend Pinkney
Hillary Clinton and Corporate Feminism
— Kevin Young and Diana C. Sierra Becerra
The Two-Party System, Part III
— Mark A. Lause
Bhopal's Fight for Memory
— Sara Abraham interviews Nityanand Jayaraman
- Women in Struggle
A Case of Police Violence Against Women
— Radical Socialist (India)
- The Murder of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh
Honoring the Socialist Mary Marcy
— Allen Ruff
Bigotry in the Guise of Secularism
— Carmen Teeple Hopkins
Eslanda Robeson's Journey
— Dayo F. Gore
Feminism, Marxism: Marriage or Divorce?
— Ann Ferguson
Marx and the Family Revisited
— Dianne Feeley
- Views on Cuba
Cuba and the USA: A Discussion
— David Finkel, for the ATC Editors
December 17: Sources, Results & Prospects
— Walter Lippmann
Beginning a New Era
— Samuel Farber
A Victory and Some Risks
— statement from the Fourth International
Fifty Shades of Pulp
— Alan Wald
China: Rise and Emergent Crisis
— Jase Short
- In Memoriam
Frank Fried (1927-2015)
— Patrick M. Quinn
THE DEPARTMENT OF Labor defines workplace violence as “any threat or act of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at [a] worksite.”
The Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says there are two million reports of workplace violence each year and that many more go unreported. The Department of Justice says that workplace violence is less likely to be reported to the police than other violence: 47% of incidents vs. 52%.
Using a more restrictive category of “nonfatal violent crimes” at work — rape/sexual assault, robbery, simple assault and aggravated assault — the DOJ estimated 572,000 such incidents in 2009. In 2008, 82% were simple assaults, 15% were aggravated assaults, two percent were rapes or sexual assaults, and two percent robberies.
Even though the overall numbers — along with crime statistics generally — are trending downward, with a 35% decline in nonfatal incidents between 2002 and 2009, according to the Department of Justice, murders of government employees on the job are actually increasing, up to 90 in 2011.
Blacks and Latinos were murdered on the job in 2009 in numbers greater than their proportion of the workforce: 21.7% and 16.2%, respectively. Fifty-nine percent of women know their workplace attackers (in nonfatal assaults), while only 47% of men do.
A 2013 study published in Aggression and Violent Behavior found that most workplace violence came from outsiders, not co-workers, and that triggering factors were “mainly situational, stress-related, and purposeful — such as the perpetrator being refused a service or request.” But for 40% of women killed in the workplace from 1997 to 2010, the attackers were relatives — almost always a spouse or domestic partner. Only two percent of men’s murderers were relatives.
Overall — but not for those in some risky jobs — workers were safer at work than elsewhere: The average annual rate of workplace violence in 2005-2009 was five violent crimes per 1,000 employed persons. Non-workplace violence was three times as high: 16 violent crimes per 1,000 employed persons.
March/April 2014, ATC 175