Throughout the Triangle Factory Fire in 1911 a tragic started, among the many in New York who witnessed the tragedy was Frances Perkins who would later become the Secretary of labor.
Frances Perkins led to new laws to protect the labor force. She helped to develop the fair labor standards act of 1938.
After the fire, Perkins was the secretary for the Committee on Safety. This committee led the way to 36 new labors, which included restrictions on child labor and working hours, and also providing compensations to workers injured on the job
Her commitment to the safety of the workers continued when she became Secretary of Labors. Child labor was stopped, minimum wage and maximum hour, laws were enacted, and through the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, workers were guaranteed the right to organize and bargain collectively.