9to5: The Story of a Movement

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January 27, 2021
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Join us for a virtual Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of '9to5: The Story of a Movement' featuring opening remarks by director Julia Reichert and secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Elizabeth H. Shuler, and a post-screening panel with Valarie Long, International Executive Vice President of SEIU; and Adriana Alvarez; a worker leader from Fight for $15, and moderated by Karen Nussbaum, founding director of 9to5, District 925, SEIU, and Working America.

Representatives from AFL-CIO, Coworker.org, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, and National Legal Advocacy Network will be joining us in the text chat to share resources and opportunities about workers’ rights.

The film screening will be open captioned and the livestream Q&A will have ASL interpretation.

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This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up, in collaboration with 9to5, AFL-CIO, Anderson Impact Center, Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Charitable Film Network, City of Mesa, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), Connecticut Public Television, Coworker.org, DC Labor FilmFest, Durango Public Library, Fight for $15, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Global Peace Film Festival, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, Jobs With Justice, Kansas City Public Library, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), Maryland Public Television (MPT), Meaningful Movies Project, Midwest Academy, National Employment Law Project, Panhandle PBS, Partnership for Working Families, PBS Hawaiʻi, Pickford Film Center, SEIU, Tillotson Center, United Association for Labor Education, Upstate Films, WCTE, Women Employed, Working America, WSIU, Yale Film Archive, and Zinn Education Project.

With support from ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

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About '9to5: The Story of a Movement'

Directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

When Dolly Parton sang '9 to 5,' she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women. Parton was singing the true story of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities, and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, '9to5: The Story of a Movement' is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.

'9to5: The Story of a Movement' will air and stream on PBS's Independent Lens on February 1 at 10/9c.

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Before the hit song or film, 9to5 was an inspiring demand for equality that encapsulated the spirit of both the women’s and labor movements of the 1970s.

120 minutes

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    Adriana Alvarez

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    Adriana Alvarez is a 28-year-old working mother from Cicero. She’s been a crew member at McDonald’s for 10 years. She’s a single mom, raising her 8-year-old son Manny. She depends on public transportation and public assistance to help with transportation and medical costs. She often struggles to pay for Manny’s school necessities. She lives in a basement apartment that frequently floods and she desperately wants to move out. Adriana is a leader on the Fight for $15 and a Union nationally, and is also the leader for her store in Cicero. She’s helped her store get several raises by her organizing efforts. She's had countless meetings in her home with her co-workers to create a strong worker committee. These efforts have led to various store-wide raises. Contextually, most of the workers in this McDonald's haven’t gotten raises in the multiple years they’ve worked there. Adriana has been invited to speak at several venues nationally and internationally to share her stories of struggle about making poverty wages as a McDonald’s fast food worker and the efforts of the Fight for $15 and a Union movement.

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    Valarie Long

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    Valarie Long is an International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union, leading SEIU’s unionwide member engagement work through Together We Rise. Long brings more than 30 years of organizing and leadership development experience to her role. As a State of Ohio office worker, she organized her own worksite and went on to join the 9 to 5 movement as part of the team that worked to organize the University of Cincinnati with District 925. Long then worked on the joint AFL-CIO / 9 to 5 effort to organize Blue Cross/Blue Shield office workers. After learning the craft of organizing with District 925, Long went on to become one of the pioneers of the Justice for Janitors organizing model.

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    Karen Nussbaum

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    Karen Nussbaum has been an organizer for more than 50 years. She was the founding director of 9to5, the national organization of working women; District 925, SEIU; and Working America, the community organizing arm of the AFL-CIO. Nussbaum served as the director of the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, the highest seat in the federal government devoted to women. She is the co-author of two books and writes about women, labor, politics and culture. Nussbaum is on the board of Working America.

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    Elizabeth H. Shuler

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    Elizabeth H. Shuler is the AFL-CIO’s Secretary-Treasurer, its second ranking officer, the first woman elected to the position, and the youngest woman ever on the federation’s Executive Council. First elected in 2009, she is the federation’s chief financial officer and oversees its operations.

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