About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Union organizer Harry Block is interviewed about his work in the labor movement in Philadelphia. He discusses his time with the American Federation of Labor, the Philco plant, Pennsylvania Power and Light, GE, the Housing Authority, and Exide. The end of the discussion is focused on the GE strike where Block and the Commissioner of Police discussed potential arrests for the violating of an injunction.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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