102nd Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

102nd Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

~ Launch of historic memorial design competition to be announced ~


Commemoration of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire to remember the 146 workers who perished in the fire and honor their legacy. The ceremony will also focus on issues that affect workers today – the need for enhanced health and safety protections, attacks on public sector unionized workers, support for immigration reform, and the tragic factory fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The ceremony includes the New York City Fire Department raising the fire truck ladder to the 6th floor, the highest point it could reach in 1911, although the fire engulfed the 8th, 9th and 10th floors. Family members of the victims, students, and workers will read the name and lay a flower for each of the 146 victims as a bell tolls. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 11:30am – 1pm

The Commemoration will be held at the original site of the fire – Washington

Place and Greene Street, one block east of Washington Square Park. 

Trade unionists, students, families of the Triangle victims, and activists will be joined by:

Edgar Romney, Secretary-Treasurer, Workers United & Master of Ceremonies

Noel Beasley, President, Workers United

Peter M. Rivera, Commissioner, New York State Department of Labor

Christine C. Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council

Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate of the City of New York

John Liu, Comptroller of the City of New York

Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President

Vincent Alvarez, President, NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers

Bill Lindauer, Taxi Workers Alliance & family member of Triangle victim Benjamin Kurtz

Ruth Sergel, Founder, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and CHALK, celebrating its 10th anniversary

Mary Anne Trasciatti, Chair of the Board, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, which is spearheading the Public Art Memorial

Chief John Sudnik, Manhattan Borough Commander Chief, FDNY

About the Triangle Fire

The 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killed 146 young immigrant workers, who either burned inside the building or jumped to their deaths, because the factory doors were locked. One of the worst workplace disasters in American history, it galvanized the city and the nation to fight for workplace protections, spurred union organizing, and inspired far-reaching reforms for workplace safety, workers’ rights, and more.

About the Host Organizations

The Commemoration is organized by Workers United/SEIU, (which includes the former International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union), the New York City Fire Department, and the United Federation of Teachers in collaboration with the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition (www.rememberthetrianglefire.org), which is comprised of more than 200 organizations, including unions, artists, filmmakers, academics, family members of the Triangle workers, health and safety advocates, government officials, and others.

About the Juried Memorial Design Competition

Information on the design competition for the memorial, including the call for submissions, is available at www.rememberthetrianglefire.org. Registration for conceptual proposals is currently open. The jury currently includes architects Daniel Libeskind, FAIA and Deborah Berke, FAIA; arts administrator, Wendy Feuer, Assistant Commissioner of Urban Design & Art, NYC Department of Transportation; and labor historian Richard Greenwald, Academic Dean at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn. 

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