Watching episode six that is titled the Triangle Fire of American Experience season four,
the workforce was mainly made up of the teenage immigrant women. The film is a documentary
that details one of the darkest moments in the history of the United States. This is one of the
most unfortunate incidents in American history that led to the death of 145 workers. It is more
painful bearing in mind that the accident and the resulting deaths were preventable. The owners
of the company had neglected the prerequisite safety measures in such a building and had
decided to lock the doors to the company building. The working conditions were poor bearing in
mind that the teenage girls worked for 12 hours a day but were only paid $15 on a weekly basis.
Most of the workers in the factory were underage girls who did not understand English. The girls
were forced to work in a cramped space that was not adequately ventilated. The factory had four
elevators, but only one of the lifts was functioning. This forced most of the workers to use the
narrow staircase. The workers were also treated like thieves, and that is why on a fateful day, the
emergency door in which they would have escaped was locked. The employer-employee
relationship was poor. The employers abused their workers by subjecting them to inhumane
working conditions. The employers were interested in the labor that the workers provided and
did little to appreciate or motivate their employees. It is claimed that the fire was deliberately
started by the owners so that the insurance companies would compensate them.
It is unfortunate that the inhumane treatments and the dangers that such employers were
subjecting their workers to were known to the authorities, but they had decided to give a blind
eye for the same. The labor movements and relevant government authorities that were meant to
address the problems that the workers were facing were in the checkbooks of these errant
employers. The corruption that was rampant in the government and city offices meant that the
factory owners were not compelled to put safety measures that would have come in handy in the
event of fire outbreak. The public was outraged at the factory, its owners, and the government
agencies for failing to act appropriately in preventing the fire. The relevant agencies were able to
spring into action, and this was the beginning of the reforms in the industrial sector. The
Democratic Party was able to take up the cause of workers and made it one of its policies to date.
The public opinion led to the passing of the fire prevention law.
I have learned various issues that deal with the workers' welfare by watching the film. I
have realized that the worker's needs have always been a concern since time immemorial.
Employers are always keen to take advantage of the workers, and that is why there are laws and
labor organizations that are required to champion the right of the workers. Corruption is a major
issue in the industrial operations and needs to be dealt with decisively. In relevance to today
political environment, I now understand why the cause of the employee is typically one of the
manifestos in the Democratic Party. This is why many immigrants and poor citizens in the
United States associate with the Democratic Party because it advocated for the rights of the poor
workers. It is also important in this day and age because it forms the basis of the ongoing