One hundred and five years ago on March 25, a fire spread through the cramped Triangle Waist Company garment factory on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Asch Building in lower Manhattan. Workers in the factory, many of whom were young women recently arrived from Europe, had little time or opportunity to escape. The rapidly spreading fire killed 146 workers.
The public outcry over what was clearly a preventable tragedy brought a renewed sense of urgency to the labor movement and to other groups working to improve women’s and immigrants’ rights in the workplace.
While American workplace history has changed radically, global garment production workplace conditions have not. Bangladesh the new capital of fast fashion has seen the following disasters:
April 24, 2013: 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse. An eight-story factory building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and killed 1129 people.
November 24, 2012: Dhaka Tasreen Fashions fire. A seven-story factory fire outside of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killed at least 112 people, 12 from jumping out of windows to escape the blaze.
September 11, 2012: Karachi, Pakistan, 289 people died in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory, which made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.
As a reminder of continued labor abuses in the Garment Industry and in honor of the workers who have died for production of cheep fast fashion for such companies as HM, Forever 21, Walmart, Target Gap, Frau Fiber and the Faux Frau’s will conduct a 12 hour shift, producing replicas of the Triangle Shirt Waist Blouse. These blouses were cut by Frau Fiber from Los Angeles garment industry remnants in 2011, and each year on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire Frau has commenced with this commemorative production, in an attempt to complete 146 blouses.
Hosted by Thank you for Coming.
Friday March 25, 2016
8 am – 8 pm shift
Dinner, shirt waist blouse sale(146.00 goes to LA garment workers center sewing training workshops) and reflective conversation on production and consumption to follow