104 Years Ago, 146 People Lost Their Lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire


No union, no OSHA.  The youngest victims were two 14-year-old girls, Kate Leone and “Sara” Rosaria Maltese.  123 of those killed were women and girls.  They worked 52-hour weeks for between $7 and $12 a week, or, in today’s money, $3.20 to $5.50 an hour.

The owners had locked the stairwells and exists, so some workers jumped from the eighth or ninth or tenth floors to their deaths in the street below.  Others were claimed by the fire.

14-year-old girls were working 52 hours a week in a sweatshop where they were locked in.  Remember them the next time you hear somebody complaining about unions or government regulations.



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