Clara Lemlich Public Service Award

In the early 1900's, Clara Lemlich participated in efforts to improve wages and working conditions for her co-workers in the garment industry. Despite a number of severe beatings by goons hired by factory owners Lemlich continued her organizing efforts. On November 22, 1909, after hours of speeches from labor representatives, mostly men, she mounted the stage at the Cooper Union and addressed the workers in Yiddish. Her words and spirit inspired 20,000 in the garment industry to go on strike, an action that lasted until February 10, 1910 and resulted in better wages and working conditions for members of the ILGWU. Ironically, and tragically, the owners of the Triangle Factory did not participate in the industry agreement.


Class of 2023

Janella T. Hinds
Secretary-Treasurer, NYC Central Labor Council

Charlene Obernauer
Executive Director, NYCOSH

Elizabeth Weiner
on Behalf of Heriberto "Ed" Vargas

Alexandra Bryer
Triangle Scholarship Recipient

Class of 2017

Mary Anne Trasciatti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Hofstra University
President, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Inc.

Lester Crockett
CSEA Metropolitan Region 2 President

Robert Grey, Esquire
Managing Partner, Grey & Grey, L.L.P.
President of the Workers Compensation Alliance and Tireless Advocate for Injured Workers

Class of 2016

Gary LaBarbera
President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York

Class of 2015

Christopher Erikson
Business Manager Local 3, IBEW

Class of 2014

Noel Beasley
President, Workers United SEIU

David J. Walsh
President & CEO, Amalgamated Family of Companies

Julia Jorge
Former Commissioner, NYS Workers Compensation Board Vice President, Retirees Association of DC 37 ASFCME

The Injured Workers Bar Association

Class of 2012

Ronald Balter, Esq.
Editor, NYS Workers’ Compensation Handbook

Hon. Gale Brewer Member,
New York City Council

William Crossett, Esq.
Vice President, Injured Workers’ Bar Association

Dr. James Melius, M.D.
Director, NYS Laborers International Union

Pamela Vossenas
Director,Workplace Safety and Health UNITE/HERE

Class of 2011

Denis M. Hughes
President of the NYS AFL-CIO

William Henning
Chair of the NY Commmittee on Occupational Safety and Health [NYCOSH]

Joel Shufro
NYCOSH’s Executive Director

Hon. Diane Savino
NYS Senator from Brooklyn

David Michaels
US Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Class of 2010

M. Patricia Smith
US Department of Labor

Lillian Roberts
Executive Director of NYC’s District Council 37

Veronica Montgomery-Costa
President of DC 37

Richard D. Winsten, Esq.

James M. McCarthy, Esq.,
President, TSFFM

Class of 2009

Hon. Hillary R. Clinton
United States Secretary of State

Barbara B. Levine, Esq.
President, Injured Workers Bar Association

Hon. Edward Pitts
Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration

Troy Rosasco, Esq.
Co-Chair, NY Workers Compensation Alliance

Randi Weingarten
President, United Federation of Teachers

Class of 2008

Lee Clarke
Health and Safety, DC 37

Dr. Robert Goldberg Director
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

Dr. Stephen Levin
Director, I.J. Selifoff Center – Mt. Sinai

John Sciortino, Esq.
Co-Chair, Workers’ Compensation Alliance

Art Wilcox


TSFFM, a recognized 501 ( c )(3) organization incorporated on December 2, 2002, was established to memorialize the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 25, 1911, its impact on changing New York State labor laws, and its role in the creation of the Workers' Compensation law. TSFFM seeks to educate the general public regarding workplace safety and to provide scholarships for the children of workers who died or were permanently disabled as the result of workplace accidents or illnesses.