Philosophy behind locked doors at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
"And while at first this thing may seem etrango to you, I assure yo It Is not strange at all. The girls are locked In while they work in nearly every factory. We exploited this feet when we declared the strike in the Triangle iplant, and later saw It grow Into the revolt of the entire trade.! "And since that strike tho (rule about keeping the doors locked has been enforced enforced more etrlctly than ever.j It had an economic basis and It was, to the advantage advantage ot the employer iff hiore ways than one. r . l "In tho first place. eployere do not trust their help. In many fa4tor1oe they search them at night to see tiat they do not carry ort the shirtwaist they have made. I Plaamedj to Prtveat Torjltavsa. "To enforce rules regarding tardiness the Idea of locking the doori waa first Inaugurated. I It waa found tpat If girls understood they could not git Into the factories aftef the minute of! commencing commencing work In ithe morning, their would be more euro to come on time. I "But. in trying to lock, the late-comers late-comers late-comers out. they overlooked the fact that they were, also locking those In who were at work. After the strike the lacked doors gave another protection, for it was when agents entered the rooms oi all shirtwaist shirtwaist factories simultaneously that tho girls all walked out to Join (the revolt. The locked doors were a permanent guarantee guarantee that there would be no raoro sudden-notices sudden-notices sudden-notices to ceere work passed simultaneously simultaneously to all factories. I "The eirls with whom I lunched to-day to-day to-day were very excited, and could tfll but little with deflnltwncta: But they dad say that they had seen large numbers of girls huddled against the locked dodra, and the reports of tie fire agree that girls were found in Just thla position on! the eighth, end oopocUll&r on the ninth floor.