Tag: unions

Bodies from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Remembered

Friday March 25 marks the centennial of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire—a catastrophic event that killed 146 young immigrant workers in Manhattan. This devastating incident led to the creation of workplace safety regulations, galvanized the union movement and became an iconic moment in New York history that continues to symbolize the need for immigrant and workers’ rights.

Anna Dziubek rings the doorbell while canvassing for State Senator Joseph Addabbo in Masbeth, Queens. (Photo: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska)

Immigrants A Key Force Behind Union Electoral Power

In New York, just as certain job sectors are dominated by immigrants, so are the unions representing workers in those fields. Many are new citizens who enthusiastically participate in the electoral process and are an important asset for local candidates.