Triangle Shirtwaist: Remembering the Fire

Abby Zimet

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a seminal moment in labor history in which 146 garment workers, mostly Jewish and Italian women, were killed in New York City. Many jumped to their deaths after finding the exit doors locked to prevent them from taking breaks. The factory owners escaped; they were acquitted in a criminal trial but lost a civil suit and had to pay $75 a victim. A new film and scores of events in New York and elsewhere by Workers United, descendant of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Wisconsin, Michigan, BP, Dream Act: If you think the Triangle issues are in the past, think again.



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