Monday, April 18, 2005

This Is Just Sad

Ninety-four years after 146 young immigrant garment workers died behind locked doors in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York, there still seems to be a need for a law that raises the fine for locking workers behind closed doors. NY City Councilman David Yassky's bill
would increase inspections of stores suspected of locking in employees and increase fines on stores found in violation, to $5,000 from $500, for the first offense and as high as $20,000 for repeated offenses. The bill comes less than a month after three janitors filed a lawsuit against two C-Town supermarkets in the Bronx, accusing them of endangering their lives by locking them in while they cleaned overnight.