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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - 100th Anniversary Commemoration

Chalk Project - Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Centennial

IMG_6093 I have posted in the past on Ruth Sergel's amazing and moving Chalk memorial project for the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire where 146 people died on March 25, 1911. This year, 2011, marks the 100th anniversary of the fire. The main site for all commemoration activites is here and tomorrow is the day for most of the major events - all taking place around Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village in NYC. The Asche Building - the site of the original fire is just around the corner from there.

This is my third year chalking and I think this year is particularly meaningful beyond it being the centennial. We must never forget what working conditions were like before unions. I was once told in school that management gets the union it deserves - The worse the management, the worse the union. Maybe it is time for both sides to review their positions and create a work environment that is supportive of the needs of both the workers and management. Okay, enough politics for one blog.


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