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  •  Family History - Triangle Shirtwaist Co. Fire (6+ / 0-)

    I grew up with the family tale that the Triangle Shirtwasit Fire was what brought my great grandmother out of the sweatshops and into her role as an organizer for the Internaitonal Ladies Garment Workers Union.  She was a firebrand.

    (In her eighties, she lived in a Jewish nursing home that, natch, kept Kosher.  We brought her pepperoni pizza when we visited.)

    "Specialization is for insects." L. Long

    by rrouda on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 08:42:24 PM PST

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    •  Hey, what a great history! (2+ / 0-)
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      We learned about Triangle in school at a rather young age. It was so horrifying. I have always remembered it. I don't remember hearing about subsequent labor organizing, but I think there was mention of more 'rules'. Not who made them happen... of course ;)

      The law in its infinite majesty forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.
      - Anatole France

      by pixxer on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 10:56:12 PM PST

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    •  "Look for the union label" (2+ / 0-)
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      A commercial from back before the GOP destroyed unions, the middle class, the banks, and the total economy.

      GOP: Turning the U.S. into a banana republic since 1980

      by Youffraita on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 12:14:14 AM PST

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      •  Always enjoyed that commercial... (0+ / 0-)

        ...marginal production values or no.  We needed to see more of that kind of thing from the unions.

        Are there any garment workers left in the U.S. anymore?

        People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

        by dsteffen on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 04:22:53 PM PST

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