Today in Labor History November 26th

Four months before the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, six young women burned to death and 19 more died when they leapt from the fourth-story windows of a blazing factory in Newark, New Jersey. The floors and stairs were wooden; the only door through which the women could flee was locked. The fire made national news and more that 100,000 people flocked to the scene the next day. A coroner’s jury a month later deemed the fire the result of human error: “They died from misadventure and accident.” – 1910

Vance Pearson, head of the 17-state United Auto Workers Union Region 5, appeared in a federal courtroom. He was accused of embezzling union money, mail and wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Federal prosecutors say he and other ex-union officials stole more than $1.5 million from the UAW.  In all, thirteen people would be charged, with eleven taking plea deals. – 2019

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