The Lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Are Still Relevant 107 Years Later
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. Firefighters arrived at the scene, but their ladders weren’t tall enough to reach the impacted area. Trapped inside because the owners had locked the fire escape exit doors, workers jumped to their deaths. Thirty minutes later, the fire was over, and 146 of the 500 workers—mostly young women—were dead.
Legislation from DeLauro and Clark Would Strengthen Protections for Tipped Workers
As we reported in January, the Trump Labor Department is proposing a rule change that would mean that restaurant servers and bartenders could lose a large portion of their earnings. The rule would overturn one put in place by the Barack Obama administration initiated, which prevents workers in tipped industries from having their tips taken by their employers. Under the new rule, business owners could pay their waitstaff and bartenders as little as $7.25 per hour and keep all tips above that amount without having to tell customers what happened.
West Virginia: When We Fight Together, We Win Together
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation Tuesday giving all state employees a 5% pay raise, the direct result of a heroic teacher strike that lasted nearly two weeks and highlighted the plight of low pay and rising health care costs in the Mountain State.
AFL-CIO and Mexico's National Workers Unions Stand Against Bill that Will Hurt All Working People
The Mexican government has filed legislation that would substantially weaken rights for working people. In response, The AFL-CIO filed a complaint alleging that Mexico is violating the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), the NAFTA labor side deal.