For immediate release
March 23, 2006
95th Anniversary of The Fire That Changed America
What: UNITE HERE and the Fire Department of New York & NYC School Children commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which killed 146 immigrant garment workers in 1911. The tragedy galvanized the city to fight for labor reforms in the workplace – a struggle that continues to this day.
There have been numerous tragedies that took place in the workplace this year both here in the United States and abroad. It is important to remember the lives of the hardworking people who lost their lives on the job. As well as those who continue to strive for better lives each day with their hard work and determination.
Who: Bruce Raynor, General President of UNITE HERE Mayor Michael Bloomberg Nicolas Scoppeta, Commissioner of NYFD Randi Weingarten, President of the UFT Christine Quinn, Speaker NYC Council William Thompson, NYC Comptroller Linda Angello, NYC Labor Commissioner Students from various schools all over the city David Von Drehle, Washington Post Journalist & Author of Triangle The Fire That Changed America
Where: Corner of Washington Place & Greene Street- just east of Washington Square Park.
When: March 24, 2006- 11:30AM-1:00PM The actual anniversary of the event is March 25. Because the anniversary falls on Saturday, we are holding the commemoration the day before.
Ceremony: Fire officer tolls bells, as student and workers read a name and lay a flower for each of the 146 victims. New York City firefighters will slowly raise the ladder of their truck to the highest point the fire fighters could reach in 1911, which was two floors below where the workers were trapped.
*To RSVP, or for more information, please call: Amanda Cooper at 212-332-9376 or Ninka Rueda at 212-352-4761