Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Workers & Working Conditions

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Hand sewing is done by men and women facing a narrow bench, while men operate sewing machines at a long row of paired work stations. Some unethical subcontractors took advantage of newly-arrived immigrants forcing them to work long hours for the right to keep their job. A standard 56-hour week might stretch to 70 hours without overtime pay.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's