204.08 cubic feet.
This Pennsylvania labor collection includes subject and correspondence files, financial records, convention proceedings, books and periodicals, photographs, scrapbooks, and a broadcast transcription disc. Among the correspondents are President Harry Boyer, Vice-President Michael Johnson, Treasurer and Vice-President Robert McIntyre, Secretary Harry Block, Frank McGrath, James Mahoney, and Julia Maietta. Approximately one third of these documents date from the years 1943 to 1955, when Boyer served as secretary and then president of the Pennsylvania CIO, an immediate predecessor of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO was formed in 1959 after the merger of the parent national organizations. It brought together the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor, formed in 1902, and the Pennsylvania CIO Council, formed in the late 1930s. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO was responsible for protecting workers' rights with regard to collective bargaining, conducting member political education and training programs, monitoring legislative politics in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., and endorsing candidates that supported the organization's agenda. In the early twenty-first century it had 900,000 members affiliated with 51 international unions and 1,422 locals, and its activities were coordinated by 34 regional councils within the state.
In Historical Collections and Labor Archives, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (#RG 74).
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Harry Block papers; Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.