Factory Workers: Paid Dues 1911

The Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, P.C. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Have public workers become so accustomed to favorable work conditions that they no longer believe in supporting their union? Let history speak, before you answer.

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A HISTORICAL TRAGEDY: On March 25, 1911, near the end of the Saturday workday, flames shot out the windows of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. The fire spread rapidly among piles of blouses and skirts. Callous disregard for workers and their safety caused the loss of 146 lives in a single factory fire in lower Manhattan.

In the wake of the tragedy's aftermath, these victims became the martyred dead in a cause that revolutionized labor conditions and labor relations in America.

During the early 1900’s, New York City was a Cultural Melting Pot

German, Irish, Italian, Christian, Jewish or of other faiths, it was the poor immigrant who held down the lowest paying jobs during the early 1900’s. The Industrial Revolution, fueled by the demands during the First World War, offered plenty of factory jobs in New York City.

The term “sweatshops” described the common overcrowded sewing factories in the Garment Center of Lower Manhattan. The working conditions inside “sweatshops” were horrible.

By organizing local chapters of National Labor Unions, a workers rights movement began to bring about reform. By sticking together and vowing to strike if necessary, our Union Brothers and Sisters paid their dues and improved the forecast for future generations of workers.

Now we hear a serious question being floated in the wake of a recent Supreme Court Anti-Union Decision. “Why should I pay dues if I’m not forced to? Why not just reap the benefits of working in a unionized and let someone else pay?”


Argued February 26th, 2018 – Decided June 27th, 2018
A Supreme Court Decision to Weaken Unions Shall Prove to Do the Exact Opposite.

We believe that one of the reasons that The United States of America is the greatest country in the world today is because this nation was built by the greatest community of workers. New York historically has always welcomed immigrants and is still a Cultural Melting Pot.   

                              The Greater New York Community of Workers

We are a large full-service Law Firm with convenient Metropolitan and Outer Borough locations. We handle a high volume of Workers’ Compensation Cases. We believe in fighting to win to ensure that New York Workers receive the medical care they desperately need and financial compensation they so rightly deserve.


A large majority of our friends and clients are members of the Public Sector Unions who are impacted the most by this ruling of our currently overtly conservative SCOTUS.

Look for part two on Friday when we answer the wake up call.

Tags: job injuries, office workers, social security disability, workers' compensation

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