Today in Labor History: March 24
Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: “I wouldn’t give th’ Commish’ners foive cents a day fer a digging job. They’re too shtiff” – 1900
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Cool Labor Site: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Near closing time on March 25, 1911, a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Within 18 minutes, 146 people were dead. This site includes original sources on the fire held at the Cornell University ILR School’s Kheel Center, an archive of historical material on labor and industrial relations. http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/