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Infographic: How unions succeeded in making your workplace safer in the 100 years since the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire #default

When a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 25, 1911, overcrowded worktables, inadequate and locked fire exits, and narrow escape passageways created a fatal inferno for the 146 people–mostly women and girls–who died. In the aftermath of the fire, outraged New Yorkers, lead by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (now Workers United) fought for crucial regulations that continue to protect us on the job to this day

HOW MODERN BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN RESHAPED BY LABOR ACTIVISM
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Sources: U.S. Fire Administration, Centers for Disease Control, National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code

Reform victories mean that fires are a much smaller risk at the workplace today, but the fight for safer working conditions continues on other fronts...

OCCUPATONAL FATALITIES 2008-2009

Occupational Fatalities 2008-2009: transportation, violence and assault, contact with equipment, falls, harmful substances, fires and explosions

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unions continue to push for safer workplaces. Today, SEIU is especially focused on addressing workplace violence, the number two cause of workplace fatalities and an area that disproportionately affects healthcare workers.

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