Senator Robach Commnets on Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Resolution

March 24, 2011

On Tuesday, March 22nd, Senator Robach provided floor comments regarding the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Resolution. The text of the New York State Resolution is below.


WHEREAS the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 25, 1911, resulted in the deaths of 146 garment workers, most of whom were young immigrant women who perished from the fire or leapt to their deaths to escape the flames because management kept the exit doors locked to keep workers from taking breaks outside; and


WHEREAS the fire that broke out on the ninth and tenth floors of the Asch Building on Greene Street in New York City where the factory was housed highlighted the unsafe working conditions that factory workers often faced at the time and galvanized labor and concerned citizens to fight for occupational safety, especially in factories; and


WHEREAS that fight for occupational safety spawned by those workers' sacrifice 100 years ago grew into first a national movement and later a worldwide movement that thrives today and will continue to grow for years to come; therefore be it


RESOLVED that the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) recognize and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and demand that elected officials, employers and the public confront and address the issue of occupational safety; and be it further


RESOLVED that the UFT work with its affiliates, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), to continue to press employers as well as city, state and federal elected officials to improve occupational safety throughout the United States and elsewhere where American do business in factories or work environments where worker safety protocols are inadequate.