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Triangle Shirtwaist Co. Fire 100 Years Later — How Much Has Changed?

Today is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young girsl and women, who had been locked into the building by tightwad owners looking to save a few pennies by ostensibly preventing employee theft.

It is truly striking, though, how eerily similar the arguments that were made against worker protections back then are to those being made against worker protections today: they’re too expensive, they’re too burdensome and, ironically, they’ll kill jobs.

Evidently, killing workers is not a big deal, just part of the cost of doing business. After all, you’ve gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet, right?

There is some good coverage of the anniversary, though.

AOL ha a good story here. The Chicago Sun Times has a solid piece here. The NYU student publication has a great blog on the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire as well.

And, of course, there’s the Huffington Post.

Here’s a great short film about the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. Fire.

And finally, Cornell University has a fantastic archive of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire here — lots of photos, editiorial cartoons, interviews with survivors and family members, a lot more as well. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to learn more about this tragic event.