Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Today is the 106th anniversary of New York City's tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution posted The Tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on today's blog - you can read it here.
From the New York City Central Labor Council:
On Friday, March 24th, we will gather to remember the 146 lives lost 106 years ago. We will gather together to recommit to the fight to protect all workers, because we are activists, and activists stand up for each other. Whether your workplace is a garment factory, a non-union construction site, a nail salon, a classroom or anywhere in between, let us remember the lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Worker protection cannot be passive. Worker protection takes action, and we must stand together as a movement that relies on determination, solidarity, and hope for a better future.
Each year, we gather to remember the 146 workers who lost their lives in the tragic blaze, and to recommit to fighting for workers’ rights. This year’s program will also highlight two industries where worker abuses are rampant: Farm work and construction.
I am including the link to my 2011 posting (50 blogs ago) - commemorating the 100th anniversary - with a remembrance from a second cousin whose mother worked at the Shirtwaist Factory but was not at work that day.