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'I Thought I Wouldn't Survive': Rana Plaza Survivors Tell Their Stories

'I Thought I Wouldn't Survive': Rana Plaza Survivors Tell Their Stories

“I thought I wouldn’t survive,” Aklima Khanam said, as she described how she felt when she was trapped under machinery in the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, one of the most deadly workplace accidents in history. Khanam and Aleya Akter, both garment workers, came to the AFL-CIO on Monday to discuss the ongoing struggle to obtain justice and prevent more needless deaths in the garment industry.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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103 Years After Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Many Still Fight Workplace Safety Laws

Today is the 103nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York's Greenwich Village. The tragedy took the lives of 146 young immigrant garment workers. Most were trapped and died behind the building’s locked doors and others plunged to their deaths as they jumped from windows from the eighth floor and above.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Photo via Lewis and Clark Humane Society

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Tell Maker of the North Face, Timberland to Sign Bangladeshi Fire and Safety Pact

Tell Maker of the North Face, Timberland to Sign Bangladeshi Fire and Safety Pact

Following the tragic building collapse that killed more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers last April and fires in 2012 that claimed the lives of more than 400 clothing workers, Bangladeshi workers began building a global movement to make sure it will never happen again.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today: (after the jump)

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What We’re Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Homicide Charges Filed in Bangladesh Clothing Factory Fire Where 112 Died

The owners of the Bangladesh sweatshop garment factory where 112 workers were killed in a fire last year have been charged with homicide. Bloomberg News reports that Delwar Hossain and his wife, owners of Tazreen Fashion Ltd., and the company’s engineer were among 13 people charged under two sections of the law, including homicide.

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Send Solidarity Greetings to Bangladeshi Garment Workers

Following the Tazreen fire, thousands protested deadly working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories. Photo: BIGUF

A year ago, 112 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Tazreen Fashion Ltd. factory—and a thousand others were injured in the scramble to escape a building with no fire escapes and firmly barred windows.

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Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten

Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten

In interviews with the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, many survivors said they were so injured in the blaze and escape from the building that they are unable to work again. Yet the compensation they received after the disaster—if they received any assistance at all—was not sufficient to cover initial medical bills, let alone pay for the expensive, ongoing care many need. Some were the sole breadwinners and, without the ability to work and with no financial assistance to see them through their recoveries, their families often go hungry, they cannot afford to send their children to school and many even risk losing their homes.

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