Sunday, March 20, 2011
March 25, 2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire where 146 people mostly immigrant Jews and Italians who worked in a locked sweat shop lost their lives. Additional coverage, here. The building still stands today in Washington Square, NYC. The building is currently owned by NYU.
What is significant about this fire is that it gave birth the modern labor movement. There is an excellent HBO documentary that will be showing March 21st and cermonies all week.
With what is going on in Wisconsin, I can not help, but to be fearful that some of us may be forgeting about history as well as the importance of unions.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein