94th Anniversary of Workplace Disaster
March 24, 2005, Noon -" 1 p.m.
Each year, UNITE HERE commemorates the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the 1911 industrial fire that killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women. This tragedy was a turning point for the efforts to win safe workplaces and union rights for garment workers, and was a key point in our union’s history.
What: In 1911, 146 young immigrant garment workers died in a tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. This tragedy galvanized a city to fight for labor reforms and for fire safety in the workplace.
Who: Bruce Raynor, General President, UNITE HERE John Wilhelm, President/Hospitality Industry, UNITE HERE Other labor leaders and representatives of the NYFD -Family members of workers who perished in fire
Where: Corner of Washington Place & Greene Street-"just east of Washington Square Park
When: March 24, 2004* Noon -" 1 p.m. *The actual anniversary of the event is March 25. Because the anniversary falls on Good Friday this year, we are holding the commemoration the day before.
Ceremony: Fire officer tolls bell, as students 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 firefighters could reach in 1911, which was two floors below where workers were trapped.