Commemorating the 111th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire

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Friday, March 25, 5:30 p.m.: On March 25, 1911, 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, were killed in a horrific fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory at Washington Place and Greene Street in lower Manhattan. Inadequate emergency exits, locked doors and a general disregard for worker safety contributed to the tragedy.

It is unfortunate that it took the loss of 146 lives to draw public attention to worker safety issues. More than a century later, it is crucial that we continue to unite to protect the hard-won gains of the labor movement and to extend protections to all workers.

On Friday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m., the New York Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO will join Workers United and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition in commemorating the 111th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Once again, we will meet virtually, with a program that will include music, poetry, video presentations and end with a unique ‘reading of names’. This commemoration educates rank and file members, activists, students and our community allies about workplace safety, collective bargaining rights and the importance of standing together to protect worker safety.

This year’s event will also include a tribute to Ed Vargas, who passed away last fall and who many of you will remember as a longtime labor organizer, champion of working families, and a tenacious advocate for job creation. a permanent memorial to those lost in the Fire Triangle.

We invite all workers to log in to the online commemoration as we remember the 146 workers whose deaths helped establish the framework for modern safety measures. To access the Zoom feed of the event and to learn more about the Triangle Fire permanent memorial, please visit the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition website at www.rememberthetrianglefire.org. Spanish, Chinese and American Sign Language interpretation available.

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