As you may know, today marks the 100th anniversary of the greatest (known) workplace tragedy in the history of the country, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Here’s some basic info together with harrowing photos from the event:
What’s important to remember, and all too sadly a propos, this tragedy galvanized the Labor movement in America and brought attention to workers’ rights (not the nefarious “right to work”). As Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” If the chant “An injury to one is an injury to all” be true, then so too can it be said that what happened then is what’s happening now; we’re just actors reenacting this same old play on stage. Let’s try to ensure that it’s not a tragedy!
Said Senator Chuck Schumer-D of New York, “And to the families of the victims, we will not let right-wing ideologues and Scott Walker Republicans undo your loved ones’ legacy.” So now Scott Walker has become part of the national lexicon, albeit dubiously. And now we know how long it takes to go from a statewide shame to a national embarrassment: a New York minute.