107 Years ago, The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Set the Stage for Comprehensive Labor Reform

By Evan Henerson

Every March 25, organized labor observes a grisly anniversary that lit the torch for a better life for all working men and women. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 claimed the lives of 146 workers, many of them young immigrant women who were trapped in the top three floors of the New York factory. The owners had locked the fire escape exit doors to keep the workers from taking breaks or stealing supplies. Many of the workers jumped to their deaths. Others burned or asphyxiated to death.

 

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