A century after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed the lives of 146 seamstresses in New York, worker protections are eroding around the world. As government and corporate interests from Bangladesh to Wisconsin wage war on the rights of labor, have the lessons of the Triangle disaster been forgotten?
If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets his way on restricting collective bargaining for state workers, other governors are sure to follow suit. With labor unions already suffering from a sharp drop in membership, these changes could be a death knell.