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AMAPCEO is a proud sponsor of the 2021 Mayworks Festival

Publish date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 update

Graphic of two illustrated trees shaped like hands holding the words Mayworks Festival 2021

AMAPCEO is pleased to co-present the Mayworks Festival’s free virtual screenings of the film 9to5: The Story of a Movement (2019) on Sunday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 4, and the post-screening Q&A event on Tuesday, May 4. Directed and produced by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, the film is about the untold story of the fight that inspired a hit song and movie, and that changed the American workplace.

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 invoking a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s, whose goals were better pay, more career advancement opportunities, and an end to sexual harassment.

AMAPCEO members can register here to receive a link to the free virtual screening and the Q&A with the film's subjects, Karen Nussabaum, Ellen Cassidy, Kim Cook, and Mary Jung. Please note that ASL interpretation is available for the post-screening event. We also encourage you to join the AMAPCEO Women’s Caucus and share your ideas for promoting and supporting women in the union, the workplace, and your community.

Finally, AMAPCEO is also pleased to sponsor The Labour Arts Catalyst, a new initiative of the festival, that pairs four artists from the GTA and Hamilton area to work with four labour organizations. Mayworks’ vision is “to incite the creation and production of art that engages diverse artists and workers in the advancement of cultural, economic and social justice.”

More information on the call for submissions for artists and writers can be found here.

Update: Mayworks' guided Q&A with some of the organizers featured in the film is now available to view online for those who missed the live stream. Watch it here.

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).