NINE TO FIVE (9 TO 5) – “Workin’ 9 to 5…”

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From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_to_Five, 5/2/09:

The movie inspired a sitcom version which aired from 1982 to 1983 and from 1986 to 1988. The show, which aired on ABC (1982-83) and in first run syndication (1986-88), featured Parton’s younger sister, Rachel Dennison, in Parton’s role; Rita Moreno and Valerie Curtlin took over Tomlin and Fonda’s roles, respectively. In the second version of the show, Sally Struthers replaced Moreno. A total of 85 episodes were filmed.

From http://www.dollyon-line.com/archives/lyrics/9to5.shtml, 5/2/09:

9 To 5, by Dolly Parton

Note"Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
Yawnin’, stretchin’, try to come to life
Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin’
Out on the streets the traffic starts jumpin’
And folks like me on the job from nine to five

Chorus:

Workin’ nine to five
What a way to make a livin’
Barely gettin’ by
It’s all takin’ and no givin’
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it

Nine to five, for service and devotion
You would think that I
Would deserve a fair promotion
Want to move ahead
But the boss won’t seem to let me
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me
Mmmmm…

They let your dream
Just a’ watch ’em shatter
You’re just a step
On the boss man’s ladder
But you got dreams he’ll never take away

In the same boat with a lot of your friends
Waitin’ for the day your ship’ll come in
And the tide’s gonna turn
And it’s all gonna roll your way

2nd Chorus:

Workin’ nine to five
What a way to make a livin’
Barely gettin’ by
It’s all takin’ and no givin’
They just use your mind
And you never get the credit
It’s enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it

Nine to five, yeah
They got you where they want you
There’s a better life
And you think about it, don’t you?
It’s a rich man’s game
No matter what they call it
And you spend your life
Puttin’ money in his wallet

3rd Chorus:

Nine to five
What a way to make a livin’
Barely gettin’ by
It’s all takin’ and no givin’
They just use you mind
And they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it

Fade:

Nine to five, yeah
They got you where they want you
There’s a better life
And you dream about it, don’t you?
It’s a rich man’s game
No matter what they call it
And you spend your life
Puttin’ money in his wallet "Note

From the Desk of
9 to 5: National Association of Working Women 
Established 1973
 
9to5 Director Joins Movie Cast in Hollywood March 30 for Anniversary Celebration

Linda Meric, executive director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, will join Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman and producer Bruce Gilbert in Hollywood this Thursday to celebrate the Oscar®-nominated film as it arrives on a Special DVD with the Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical Bigot Edition.

“I’m delighted to be able to share the story of how 9to5 inspired this movie,” Meric said, “and to update the public on how low-wage women are faring today.” Meric will walk the red carpet with the stars as Fox Home Entertainment transforms The Annex at the famed Hollywood & Highland Entertainment Complex (6801 Hollywood Blvd) into Consolidated Companies, Inc. The event begins at 7:00 P.M. and features a live musical performance by country music legend Dolly Parton at 8:00.

9to5 was founded by Karen Nussbaum and other office workers in Boston in 1973 to win “Raises, Rights and Respect.” Jane Fonda approached Nussbaum about creating a film that reflected the issues 9to5’s members were experiencing. To learn more, Fonda met dozens of members, who shared their stories of sexual harassment, inflexible schedules, inadequate child care and unequal pay.

“We’re proud that 9to5 has helped win changes in both corporate and public policy to benefit working women and their families,” Meric said. “When the film appeared in 1980, workers had no real protection from sexual harassment, no job-guaranteed leave for family care. On-site child care was mostly a Hollywood invention. And women were earning three-fifths the pay of white men.” Meric pointed to a number of laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, that her organization helped win.

“But progress is nowhere near what Judy, Violet and Doralee achieved in the movie,” Meric noted. “Our Job Survival Hotline (1-800-522-0925) fields thousands of calls on these same issues. We hear from women who aren’t covered by FMLA or can’t afford to take unpaid time. Three-quarters of low-wage workers have no paid sick days. Only a small percentage of employers offer on-site child care. Flexibility for low-wage workers is mostly non-existent.”

“As for pay,” Meric said, “we’ve seen some narrowing of the gap – but much of that is due to loss of pay for men, especially men of color.” She pointed out that the movie ended with Mr. Tinsworthy, the fictional CEO of Consolidated Companies, Inc., whispering to Mr. Hart: “That equal pay thing, though – that has to go.”

“That’s how we knew the movie was a comedy and not a fantasy,” Meric said. 9to5, a grassroots membership organization, has activists in every state who continue to work for economic justice.


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