William J. McEntee Oral History

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William J. McEntee Oral History


William J. McEntee began his career as a union activist in 1924 after getting a job with the city of Philadelphia as a street cleaner. The street cleaners first organized under the Teamsters. The affiliation did not last and the cleaners were briefly organized under the city. The new city run union soon ran into problems, and after striking the union joined the State, County and Municipal Employees under the AF of L and became Local 222. McEntee discusses his position at Local 222 as a Business Agent and later as President of District Council 3. He discusses the rate of growth of the Council in the 1940’s. McEntee recalls his relationship and experiences working with International President Arnold Zander and the highlights of his experiences with the Council and the Union. McEntee retired in 1968, he shares his union involvement and life after retirement.

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Mason, Philip P.


McEntee, William J., 1903-

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Philadelphia, PA; 1924-1968


“William J. McEntee Oral History,” Michigan Oral History Database, accessed May 19, 2024, http://www.database.michiganoha.org/items/show/3.

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