http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=gegfsudab&v=001u8SjZbUCyfO-w2BAlMhWVKHoXP8w-u9YtApvIgmPryBPL3b1VnxZcXxqGIGBPPsV4a-LIsRZ9FHdyGpo4jdxdPzQcNd5K-hecP1Lk90as1WYJakK3rmNUEsnwTnbDSA713TcIpw18vFc_j3d9E-XxHznHpe-MA0yKVLTme-MWltluZl7ysGQzA%3D%3D [image: New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health] The New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 17, 2011
Joel Shufro, Executive Director
212-227-6440, ext. 15
*Lessons learned from the Triangle shirtwaist fire:*
Leading safety and health organization publishes views of elected officials, labor leaders and immigrant organizers about the legacy of the historic fire
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is today releasing a new booklet, *Don't Mourn, Organize*, containing statements by 34 leaders in worker safety and health from government; labor; academia; and community-based public health and immigrant organizations on what the Triangle shirtwaist fire has to teach us today. PDF of booklet is available on NYCOSH websitehttp://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=gegfsudab&et=1104862807067&s=2&e=001N4KCxNJIvRhaevXtUAlwHFG1wgH3chsLTYG0-leM7X3KD0Mp8ireqBH-flOH7lt0E74_ffD6IkW9E5Kev4DyGQWts-Vx5RhHZh-3yidIIJ8= .http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=gegfsudab&et=1104862807067&s=2&e=001N4KCxNJIvRhaevXtUAlwHFG1wgH3chsLTYG0-leM7X3KD0Mp8ireqBH-flOH7lt0E74_ffD6IkW9E5Kev4DyGQWts-Vx5RhHZh-3yidIIJ8=Hard copies are available by calling NYCOSH.
The booklet's publication marks the centennial of the fire that tore through the Triangle Waist Co. near Washington Square on March 25, 1911, killing 146 workers - mainly immigrant women. The varied writers in the collection address how far we have come since that time in improving working conditions and what remains to be done.
"Outrage over the conditions that led to this tragedy resulted in a fundamental change in the way in which people viewed government," said Joel Shufro, executive director of NYCOSH. "For the first time, it became legitimate for government to require employers to provide workers with safe and healthful working conditions, to prohibit child labor, and to ensure that employers comply with fire codes and provide sufficient ventilation."
"Such regulations, and the very concept of the role of government as a protector of the public's health and welfare, are today under attack by the business community in Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana - even New York," said Bill Henning, Chairman of NYCOSH's Board of Directors. "This booklet provides a perspective on what protections workers have won over the last 100 years - and as importantly, what remains to be done to ensure that every worker has a safe and healthful workplace."
Among the essays featured are those by David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA; John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Denis Hughes, President of the New York State AFL-CIO; and Linda Rae Murray, President of the American Public Health Association.
*NYCOSH is a non-profit, union-based education and advocacy organization dedicated to every worker's right to a safe and healthful workplace. It has a membership of over 300 individuals and 200 local unions representing thousands of workers in the **New York City** metropolitan area. *
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