Remembering the 98th Anniversary of the Triangle Fire



[H/t A.L.]

On March 25, 1911, 146 young immigrant workers died in a tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village. Within minutes the fire spread to consume the building’s upper three stories. Firefighters who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those workers trapped inside because the doors were locked and their ladders could not reach the factory floor.

This tragedy galvanized a city to fight for labor reform and safety in the workplace. In 2006, 99 NYC workers were killed on the job, one-third of them from a fall. Today, unions are desperately fighting to prevent the senseless deaths of workers.

Join us as we honor those who were killed on the job and fight to prevent the killing of more workers in New York City.

WHEN Friday, March 27, 2009 • 12 – 1:00 pm

WHERE Corner of Washington Place & Greene Street—just east of Washington Square Park

More here.


4 responses »

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  2. My grandfather worked around the corner from the Triangle. My late father told me that grandfather saw the rows of bodies afterwards. Grandfather died from TB contracted in the garment sweatshops of his youth. He never saw 60.

    The struggle of garment workers against sweatshop conditions continues today. Garment workers in Bangladesh continue to die by fire.

    In 100 years, little seems to change for the garment worker.

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