“I checked on YouTube, and it also quotes Dolly Parton (in her song "9 To 5") as saying ‘fat promotion,’ (Labor Quote, 1/29), but I'm pretty sure she's saying ‘fair’ promotion,” writes Paul McKenna. “Doesn't ‘fair’ promotion make more sense?"
It does indeed. Although Lyrics.com has the line as “fat promotion” the more authoritative Genius lyrics site says "9 to 5, for service and devotion/You would think that I/Would deserve a fair promotion". Check it out for yourself in the video below.
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show: Robert Cherney on Victor Arnautoff, the Russian-born artist who reigned as San Francisco's leading mural painter during the New Deal era. And on this week’s “Cool things from the George Meany Labor Archives,” Alan, Chloe and Ben explore the AFL-CIO’s long push for national health insurance, with some fascinating documents from the Archives’ pamphlet collection. Interviews by Patrick Dixon and Allan Wierdak.
Mother Jones is ordered to leave Colorado, where state authorities accuse her of “stirring up” striking coal miners - 1904
U.S. Supreme Court rules that undocumented workers do not have the same rights as Americans when they are wrongly fired - 2002
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services.
Mike Stout was the last Grievance Chairman at the historic Homestead Steel Mill, which closed in 1986, and helped win $10 million in lost wages and other benefits for 3,000 displaced co-workers. A musical lobbyist for the working man and woman, Mike describes his music as "working class consciousness rock." He has recorded several CDs on the American Blue Collar Records label.
--Click here to listen to the song. Many of the songs selected for this feature are available from the Labor Heritage Foundation.