March 17, 2011 - Issue: Vol. 157, No. 41 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 1st Session
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST COMPANY FIRE; Congressional Record Vol. 157, No. 41
(Senate - March 17, 2011)
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[Page S1877] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST COMPANY FIRE Mr. REID. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S. Res. 106. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the resolution by title. The legislative clerk read as follows: A resolution (S. Res. 106) recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in New York City on March 25, 1911 and designating the week of March 21, 2011 through March 25, 2011 as the ``100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Remembrance Week.'' There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution. Mr. REID. I ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate, and any statements relating to the resolution be printed in the Record. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The resolution (S. Res. 106) was agreed to. The preamble was agreed to. The resolution, with its preamble, reads as follows: S. Res. 106 Whereas the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire was the deadliest industrial disaster in the City of New York's history and resulted in the 4th greatest loss of life from an industrial accident in the history of the United States, claiming the lives of 146 garment workers, many of whom were young immigrants; Whereas this human catastrophe exposed the need to strengthen labor laws, fire regulations, and health and safety protections for workers; Whereas the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire helped spur the growth of the modern-day organized labor movement, particularly the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, which continued to fight for better conditions for sweatshop workers; Whereas from the ashes of this horrific event emerged the modern celebration of International Women's Day, and the death of 129 women workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire demonstrated the need for workers' rights and women's rights; Whereas more than 5,000 workers lose their lives each year on the job, and protecting the health and safety of workers continues to be a critical issue in the United States today; and Whereas national events will be held to remember the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire, and to educate citizens about the important role this tragic event played in the history of the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates the week of March 21, 2011 through March 25, 2011 as the ``100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Remembrance Week''. ____________________