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Today is the 100th anniversay of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Today is the 100th anniversary of the fire that killed 146 young women and girls in 18 minutes. In the aftermath of the tragedy, where employers “compensated” the victims families by paying them $10.00 per dead person, the workers compensation laws in the United States was born. Francis Perkins, who as a young woman, watched the girls jumping from the ninth floor, Became the First woman Secretary of Labor under Roosevelt, and started the Occupational Health and Safety board.
Here is a link to learn about it: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/
There is an old saying about the importance of studying and learning from history, that if you don’t, you are bound to repeat it. Now, 100 years later, the crazies in political office, hacks for their campaign donors and patrons, are intent on further eliminating regulatory oversight, and removing private civil justice protections. Read, heed, and understand what is happening all around you…..

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