The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

THE FIRE:On March 25, 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught on fire.Because the doors had been chained shut, workers were unable to escape the burning building.Although the Fire Department was notified, their ladders only reached the 6th floor. As a result, 146 women factory workers and 3 men died, many choosing to jump to their deaths rather than be consumed by flames

THE FACTORY:The Triange Shirtwaist Factory, located on the 8th-10th floors of the Asch Building in New York City, produced womens' blouses. The factory employed roughly 500 workers, mostly young immigrant women, 9 hours a day M-F as well as 7 hours on Saturdays.In order to keep the workers inside and to keep the Unions out, owners had begun to cut the wages and hours of the workers.The owners had also begun to chain the doors shut

THE AFTERMATH: As a result of the fire progressive interest was sparked leading to a host of reforms in NY state. These reforms included legislation requiring improved factory safety standards as well as the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.



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