On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned, killing 145 workers, mostly young immigrant women. It is remembered as one of the most infamous incidents in American industrial history, as the deaths were largely preventable - most of the victims died as a result of neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building. The tragedy brought widespread attention to the dangerous sweatshop conditions of factories and led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of workers. This fight continues today.
On March 25, we will be joining NYSUT members from throughout the Lower Hudson Valley in a day of solidarity in honor of the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy.
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