Interview with Chester Philpott, July 7, 1987

Project: Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Chester Philpott was a union miner who was involved in the roving pickets' movement in Harlan and Bell counties in Kentucky. According to Mr. Philpott, the roving pickets' movement resulted from an attempt by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) to organize non-union miners in District 19. Mr. Philpott maintains that he knew nothing about sweetheart contracts that some local unions signed contract exempting small operators from paying the forty cents per ton royalty into the UMWA's health and retirement fund.

Philpott also discusses his activities as a field representative for the UMWA. He talks about helping resolve grievances between miners and operators, and about his role in organizing mines for the UMWA. Philpott remembers the murder of Joseph "Jock" Yablonski and the conviction of District 19 President Albert Pass for his part in the conspiracy.

Interview Accession

1987oh174_app097

Interviewee Name

Chester Philpott

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1987-07-07

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Philpott, Chester Interview by Doug Cantrell. 07 Jul. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Philpott, C. (1987, July 07). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Philpott, Chester, interview by Doug Cantrell. July 07, 1987, Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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