labor history

NYC Labor History on Display

May 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The story of New York’s labor movement is told by each new generation of workers and activists, adding voice to the chorus of a social and political movement that helped transform a city—and a nation. On May 1, International Workers Day, the Museum of the City of New York opened a new exhibit that focuses on this important, fascinating and on-going story. The exhibit: “City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York,” traces the history of organized labor in the city; from its beginnings with organizing in the early 1800s by local artisans, through the intense worker struggles of the 20th century to the inclusive, diverse movement that it has become. The exhibit includes a variety of artifacts and interactive displays to enhance the narrative. DC 37 is featured prominently in “City of Workers.” In particular, it highlights the role the [More...]

Join Us to Commemorate the Triangle Factory Fire

March 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Join Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU) for the commemoration of the 108th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire, one of the pivotal events in U.S. history and a turning point in labor’s struggle to achieve fair wages, dignity at work and safe working conditions. Outrage at the deaths of 146 mostly young, female immigrants inspired the union movement and helped to institute worker protections and fire safety laws. The event will be held at the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, on Monday, March 25, at noon at Washington Place and Greene Street, in Manhattan. During the commemoration, family members and others will read the names of workers who perished during the blaze, and flowers will be laid at the site of the fire while a bell tolls. A fire truck ladder will be raised to the 6th floor of the building, the highest point it could reach in 1911, although the fire engulfed the [More...]