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103 Years After Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Labor Movement Continues

by Stephanie Colombini

Stephanie Colombini, WFUV

Lawmakers, activists, and workers from various industries gathered in Lower Manhattan today calling for safer working conditions.

103 years ago, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire killed 146 garment workers and spurred a labor movement that led to many reforms still in place today. But many say there's still a ways to go, not only in New York, but all over the world. 

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer attended the anniversary commemoration. He recalled the more recent factory fire in Bangladesh last April, which had more than 1100 casualties.  He says it's a sign the fight for workplace safety is not over.

“Let this anniversary always be a reminder that we must stay dedicated and vigilante when it comes to the safety of our workers," he said.

Some recent workplace safety reforms in New York City include the law for paid sick leave and a bill to regulate car wash equipment.  Activists say the next big step in today's labor movement is to increase low wages to 15 dollars an hour.



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