Friday, March 27, 2009

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire -Then and Now

Remembering the 98th Anniversary of the Triangle Fire*

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.

Friday, March 27, 2009 • 12 - 1:00 pm

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

* See this excellent online resource

1 comment:

  1. Thursday, March 24, 2011 -“100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” Presentation, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Michael Gilligan Student Union, Room 129, New jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597.

    This program commemorates the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in which 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, lost their lives.