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  •  "Victories" can be fleeting, however (4+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, sberel, dsteffen, RiaD

    One still finds businesses locking their fire escape doors because they are more worried about losing merchandise than losing lives.  In one building where I worked, they had a chain and padlock on the fire door.  After I threatened to report it to the Fire Marshal, they quickly removed it.

    •  we exported 1910 to garment factories overseas (6+ / 0-)

      I saw an HBO documentary that said NYC factories are empty now because starting in the '80s (yes, under Reagan), our laws began to change, allowing garment makers to move their operations overseas. Now virtually the entire industry is overseas, where mass casualty fires and other horrifying problems plague Indian and Indonesian and E. European factories. The conditions that existed here before 1910 exist mostly unchecked in factories that make our clothes there, outside the protection of our labor laws. What we did, the documentary said, was to "export 1910" to factories overseas.

    •  Fleeting indeed. (4+ / 0-)
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      WalMart was caught and fined locking stock clerks in overnight while they re-stocked shelves not long ago.  25 workers died in a fire at a poultry factory in Hamlet, North Carolina in 1991 where exits were locked to prevent employee theft.

      In 1913, NY governor William Sulzer was impeached and removed from office for campaign fund fraud.  This set in motion a "throw-the-bums-out" reaction which led to the progressive faction eventually losing control of the state legislature and a movement to roll-back the gains that had been made in the previous years.  According to one article I read, the legislature passed bills to repeal many of the laws that has been passed on recommendation of the Factory Investigating Committee.  All but one was vetoed by the new governor, but the tide had turned and the FIC was one of the victims, disbanded after a four-year run.

      Some on it at the end of this DOL article.

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

      by dsteffen on Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 03:59:37 PM PDT

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    •  There was a chicken processing plant fire (5+ / 0-)
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      in 1991 with locked emergency exits. Hamlet chicken processing plant fire. 25 people died.

      Bitte sag mir wer das Märchen vom Erwachsen sein erfand

      by badger on Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 04:26:02 PM PDT

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