March 25, 2011: Today is the 100th Anniversary of the tragic fire in New York City, which killed 146 garment workers at the Triangle Waist Company. This was the most devastating fire of its time and garment workers leaped to their death to get away from the flames because the doors to the fire escape were locked.
As a result of this tragedy, and an overpowering of support by over 100,000 New Yorkers who walked in their funeral procession and members of Organized Labor tough new labor laws and fire prevention ordinances were enacted to prohibit this from happening again.
This was the beginning of events by Organized Labor in this country to improve the working benefits of factory workers and eventually lead to the Fair Labor Standards Act, paid overtime for over forty hours and the end of sweat shops in America.
Sadly, this happened almost 100 years to the day again on December 14, 2010 outside Bangladesh, India.. Please take a moment and watch this YouTube Video of Charles Kernaghan, Director of Institute of Labor and Human Rights.
This video will show you how the workers around the globe are being treated and how little they are being compensated by companies like Walmart and GAP.