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Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire


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On Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building, which were occupied by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. The Triangle Factory was non-union shop, and the workers would not have felt able to speak out about working conditions.The fire escape on the ninth floor led to nowhere. Many of the exits had been locked by the company management in order to prevent theft.Several union and progressive organizations created the Joint Relief Committee, which worked with the American Red Cross to provide support for the surviving victims and those who lost family members. Max Blanck, one of the owners, paid a fine of $25 for having locked the door during working hours.Local 25 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union organized a rally against the unsafe working conditions and the Women's Trade Union League led a campaign to investigate such conditions. Frances Perkins, later Secretary of Labor under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, watched the Asch Building burn, an experience that influenced her to become a lifelong advocate for workers. Perkins took part in the factory investigation as executive secretary of the New York Committee on Safety.


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