UMass Dartmouth Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center
106th Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
The UMassD Labor Education Center was thrilled to lead a group of students and community activists to NYC honoring women workers.
A busload of nearly 40 UMassD undergrads, ESOL students from the Workers' Ed Program, staff, and local community activists headed to NYC to honor working women. First we participated in the 106th Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, where students read names and laid down flowers for the victims of this garment factory fire. The factory owners had locked the mostly women workers into the building and the rescue ladder could not reach the stories where they were trapped. We also took tours of the Tenement Museum to learn about the lives of sweatshop workers and the specific hardships faced by immigrants. The trip provided discussion on the bus ride home about threats on these very worker protections that came from union organizing around workplace standards, and specifically around health and safety. The parallel to the lives today of immigrant workers was also discussed.
The trip was organized by the Labor Education Center and cosponsored by the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality with generous financial support from the departments of History, Crime and Justice Studies, Sociology/Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, as well as the union of campus faculty and staff, the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1895.
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Diane Cruz, a retired member of AFSCME Local 507, participated in a state wide commemoration of workers killed or injured on the job, Worker Memorial Day.
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