Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Sunday, March 20, 2011

HBO Film on Triangle Shirt Waist Fire

This Monday, March 21, 2011 at 9 pm HBO is airing a movie about the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory fire which, as you know, gave birth to the modern labor movement. (It will also be aired at other times). I saw excerpts played at the NYS Bar Assoc Labor and Employment Law annual meeting and it looked excellent. I thought you might be interested in watching.

Workers United (formerly ILGWU) is also having a number of events this Friday, March 25th (the 100th anniversary) in Washington Square Park, NYC which is where the fire occurred. The building still stands and is owned by NYU. Unfortunately, I have a hearing-otherwise I would be there.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Thanks for not only notice of the articles but also the HBO movie. As you know the Triangle Waist Company trial in 1911 centered on this worst NY disaster before 9/11. The owners were prosecuted for manslaughter but acquitted. The aquittal was attributed to defense counsel Max Steuer's cross-examination of the prosecution's last witness - a factory worker, whom Steuer got to repeat her story like a memorized script. In 1913 a civil suit resulted in $75 compensation for each deceased victim.

Posted by: Ronald H. Clark | Mar 21, 2011 10:34:47 AM

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