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Thursday, March 24, 2011

if you think people (mostly women and grrrls) aren't still dying

in sweatshops, you're outright WRONG

Young women continue to die locked in sweatshops, labor group warns

By Eric W. Dolan
As the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire approaches, the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights urged the United States to pass legislation to prevent multi-national corporations from violating internationally recognized worker rights standards, such as no child or forced labor, decent working conditions, freedom of association and the right to organize a union.
The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire resulted in the death of 146 female workers, who were locked inside the factory by their managers, on March 25, 1911. The women worked 6 days a week, often 14 hours shifts, and earned the meager wage of 14 cents an hour. (The equivalent of $3.18 an hour in 2011, adjusted for inflation.)....................

(pic from microrevolt. i knit #s 90 Max Lehrer (18 years old) and 115 Rosina Cirrito (18 years old). there was a craft action in support of the memory of the triangle shirtwaist factory fire. the memorial will be held tomorrow the 25th. it was called 146+)

146+ is a craft action to commemorate the 146 victims of the 1911 Triangle Waist Factory fire in New York City and to connect that history to the contemporary crisis in the global garment industry. Participate by crafting a numbered armband and standing with Workers United as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragedy that catalyzed an international labor movement.

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