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Who is Making Garments in NYC?

Textile workers outside their factory, c. ~1890

– In the early 1890’s, one in every five females over the age of ten were employed. Over a million of these women worked in factories.

– By 1920, this number will increase to one in every four.

– Most of these women are young and single, […]

The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America

The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), also known as just the Amalgamated, was formed in 1914 in a move away from the more conservative, craft-oriented United Garment Workers. The ACWA focused primarily on the production of men’s, ready-to-wear garments. At its inception, the ACWA had close to 30,000 members, most of whom were drawn […]

International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union

Two Strikers during the 1909 “Uprising”

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union was founded in 1900 by seven local unions and was initially dominated by Jewish and Italian immigrants. The ILGWU will go on to be one of the only labor unions with predominantly female membership.

In New York City in 1909, 20,000 shirtwaist […]

Letters from Pauline Newman

One day a relative of mine who was employed by the now infamous Triangle Shirt Waist Co., the largest manufacturers of shirt waists in New York City, got me a job with that firm. The day I left the Jackson street shop the foreman told me that I was very lucky to have gotten […]

Factory Laws in New York City

New York State Labor Laws (Article 6, Section 80): “All doors leading in or to any such factory shall be constructed as to open outwardly, where practicable, and shall not be locked, bolted, or fastened during working hours.” Triangle Shirtwaist Company Compliance:

Whether Section 80 was violated was the key issue in the trial […]

In Last Week’s Paper

In memory of our “Triangle” Friends

Aberstein, Julia, 30

Adler, Lizzie, 24

Altman, Anna,16

Ardito, Anna, 25

Astrowsky, Becky, 20

Bassino, Rosie,31

Belatta, Vincenza, 16

Bellotta, Ignazia

Benanti, Vincenza, 22

Bernstein, Essie, 19

Bernstein, Jacob, 28

Bernstein, Morris, 19

Bernstein, Moses

Bierman, Gussie, 22

Binevitz, Abraham, 20

Brenman, Rosie

Brenman, Surka (Sarah)

Brodsky, Ida, 16

Brodsky, Sarah, 21

Brooks, […]

Death at the Hands of the Capitalists!

Tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Last week, on March 25, 1911, a horrific fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The workers at this factory were predominantly immigrant women, many of them quite young. Reports are still coming in, but it appears that about 140 of the 600-some workers have died, either from the […]

Volunteers Needed to House Children from Massachusetts

Friends, children in Massachusetts need our help. Workers in the textile mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts have gone on strike to protest recent wage cuts. Massachusetts has just recently reduced the maximum hours worked per week from 56 to 54, and the textile industry has consequently reduced the weekly wage paid to their workers. Hardworking […]