TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY [Autosaved]

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TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY [Autosaved]

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  1. LABOR UNIONS

    Slide 1 - LABOR UNIONS

    • Not successful in the beginning
    • Laws didn’t protect workers
    • Factory owners didn’t allow their workers to protest
    • Labor unions often had to meet in secret for fear of being fired
    • Two big labor unions
    • Knights of Labor (KoL)
    • 1869
    • Allowed in all workers (skilled and unskilled)
    • Preferred not to strike
    • Lost popularity because of violent strikes
    • American Federation of Labor (AFL)
    • 1886
    • Only allowed in skilled workers for fear of violence
    • Preferred not to strike
  2. TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY

    Slide 2 - TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY

    • THE TRAGIC STORY
  3. Background

    Slide 3 - Background

    • Sweatshop in NYC
    • Working conditions were terrible
    • Long hours
    • Little pay
    • No fire safety
    • Bosses often locked doors
    • Fire escape broke during the fire
    • No way to communicate to the workers about the fire
    • “Uprising of 20,000”Protest by women clothing factory workers
  4. Slide 6

    • Picture taken soon after fire was extinguished on ninth floor.
  5. Slide 7

    • Picture taken after clean up began on the ninth floor.
  6. The legacy of the shirtwaist workers

    Slide 10 - The legacy of the shirtwaist workers

    • A week after the fire, Anne Morgan and Alva Belmont hosted a meeting at the Metropolitan Opera House to demand action on fire safety, and people of all backgrounds packed the hall. A few days later, more than 350,000 people participated in a funeral march for the Triangle dead.
    • Results
    • Factory Investigating Commission
    • Inspected over 2,000 factories in NYC
    • 8 new laws in NYC created
    • Fire safety
    • Factory inspections
    • Sanitation
    • Employment rules for children
    • 1912
    • Labor pushed for 25 more laws to be put into effect
    • Labor received national attention
  7. HOMEWORK

    Slide 11 - HOMEWORK

    • Read the speech from a politician in 1911.
    • What influenced the politician more, the deaths of workers or labor unions?
    • 1 RADDE Paragraph
    • CLASSWORK
    • Your notes will be checked tomorrow.
    • It will be a classwork grade out of 20.
  8. Discussion QUESTIONS

    Slide 12 - Discussion QUESTIONS

    • What prevented the workers from escaping?
    • What were the results of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory?
    • Who do you think was more powerful, workers or factory owners?
    • Do you think this kind of incident could happen today?