Many of you are looking for your ideal job and others are stuck in bad situations. I’ve experienced both scenarios in my past! If you love your job and your boss then you are one of the lucky ones-Congratulations and hang on to that opportunity! I was just teaching my godchildren about the Triangle Shirt Factory Fires and how back in the day they had children working in factories with harsh conditions. They were not allowed to leave the building for 12+ straight hours, couldn’t leave to go to the bathroom and in many cases were treated as child slaves! This unfortunately still continues to go on in Countries like China where children work day and night and don’t even make enough money to feed themselves. Many super rich and greedy Americans like Kathy Lee Gifford are responsible for employing child slave labor. She did it with her line and claimed that she was unaware of what was going on=impossible! When you own a clothing line you are aware of the entire operation top to bottom. It was only when she was called out for it that she attempted to do something about it to save her career and her “sugar sweet holier than thou” image.
Here is a synopsis of the Triangle Shirt Factory Fire In New York City:
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York City on March 25, 1911 was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three; of the victims whose ages are known, the oldest victim was Providenza Panno at 43, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and “Sara” Rosaria Maltese.
Because the owners had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits, a common practice used to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and pilferage, many of the workers who could not escape the burning building jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors to the streets below. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.
The factory was located in the Asch Building, at 23–29 Washington Place in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, now known as the Brown Building and part of New York University. The building has been designated a National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark.
This was a National disgrace and just goes to show you how bad the labor laws were in the 1900’s!
On a more positive note; enjoy the Labor Day Weekend! 🙂
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