On March 28th, members of the JCPA staff joined White House and Department of Labor officials at an event honoring the legacy of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Hosted by Secretary Hilda Solis and Senior Adviser to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett, the White House celebrated Women’s History Month, honored those who were lost in fire, and recited the stories of female workers and members of unions. Secretary Solis and Ms. Jarrett gave opening remarks and then a panel of female workers from various industries including child care, a domestic workers, cashier, and bilingual customer service representative discussed the challenges they have faced in their job and how the ability (or in some cases the inability) to organize a union have affected their workplace.
On March 24th, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation honoring the 100thanniversary of the Triangle factory fire. Earlier this month, at the JCPA Plenum, delegates were joined by AFL-CIO Richard Trupka in a plenary session commemorating the victims of the Triangle fire and the long relationship between the organized Jewish community and the labor movement.
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