101 years ago as Unions and safe working conditions gained more strength and public awareness a avoidable tragedy pushed government to create laws to protect workers where free market forces had failed. On March 25th 1911 a fire broke out in a 9 story sewing factory trapping the women workers on the 8th floor. A locked exit door, cramped burning stairways, an elevator that malfunctioned led to the deaths of 146 women, 50 of whom lept to their deaths and the youngest worker of 14. The two factory owners, who had fought unionization and 8 hour work days, escaped the fire and prosecution where the State failed to prove willful negligence.
8 hour work days, livinging wages, safe working conditions, health care for workers ( private citizens raised money for the funerals of the 146 women) required the State and Federal governments to pass over 30 Laws to address worker's rights. Laisse Faire market forces vs the Public good.