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Premier Number, May 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International

May Day 1940 – Against Both War Camps – For the Camp of World Labor!

Uncensored Report Reveals French Brutality to Refugees – German Anti-Fascists in Prison Camps

May Day or M-Day (Cartoon), by Carlo

Who First Invaded Norway – A Case of Pot Calling Kettle Black

Enthusiastic Mass Meeting Launches Workers Party in New York

New Party Result of Long Faction Fight

Youth Prefers Quick Death to War Horrors

Their Government, by James Burnham

Norman Thomas Moves Towards Allies

War is Heaven – For Stockholders

British Soak Poor with New Taxes

Labor’s Inquiring Reporter

Stalinist Press Backs Hitler’s War Moves

Social Democrats for Open Support to Allies


Vol. 4 No. 6, May 20, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGERS:
Albert Gates
Irving Bern

Let the Bankers Fight on the Maginot Line; Labor’s Fight is at Home on the Picket Line!

U.S. Navy Moves Closer to the Dutch East Indies as Roosevelt Gives Allies Open Support

Cartoon, by Carlo

WPA Drops Nearly Quarter Million During Month

Both Parties Got Money from Swindler

Boston Worker Near Death After Slugging by Politician

Stalinists Ask Police to Nab Youth at Rally

Arrest Negro for Answering Jury Call

Shachtman Leaves on National Speaking Tour Against War

Launch $3,000 Party Building Drive

Labor Action May Day Issue Completely Sold, by Albert Gates

Student-Workers Resist Red-Baiting in Union

N.Y. Taxi Strike Solid in 4th Week

Union Meets in ‘Jungle’

Schedule for Shachtman Tour

Workers Party Well Received in L.A.

Revamped UPWU Leads Jobless, by May Bennett

Shachtman Given Ovation in Philadelphia

Sparks in the News

Too Poor to Vote – The Story of the Poll Tax

White Paper Reveals British Role in Lifting Arms embargo, by Dwight Macdonald

FDR – Liar or Ignoramus

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

Voroshilov Replaced in Russian Army Changes

Labor’s Inquiring Reporter

Cannon – Not Butter, by William Petersen

British Interests guarded by U.S. Navy

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Their First Strike, a short story by Martin Lechner

Ten Commandments of Soviet Atheists Support Hitler


Vol. 4 No. 7, May 27, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGERS:
Albert Gates
Irving Bern

Roosevelt Launches Blitzkrieg to Drive U.S. Labor into the War

SWOC Meet Skirts Organization Issues – Takes Vague Anti-War Position

Cartoon, by Carlo

An Editorial:

Wilson Case Rouses Workers

The Negro’s Fight, by J.R. Johnson

New Branch Formed on Shachtman Tour

Will Debate Professor in U. of Michigan

Washington War-Mongers Speak Plainly, by George Mulvaney

Knitgoods workers Prepare Anti-War Motion for ILGWU Convention

Lest We Forget!

New York Meeting Opens Shachtman Speaking Tour

Labor Action Subs Coming in Fast

Special Anti-War Number of New Int’l Coming Soon

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Progressive Slate Jars Stalinist Hold in Food

Illinois WPA Fires 60,000 Workers

When the Pink of Reformism Turns to Jingo Yellow

Akron Meeting in Medford Building

Negroes Attend L.A. Party Meetings

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

Brazil dictator Throws Scores into Jail as Poverty Mounts and Unrest Spreads, by D. Montanez

John Strachey Quits C.P. on War Issue

Sparks in the News

French Premier Runs Brothel to Boost People’s Morale, by Pierre

John Brown – Revolutionist, by Ernest Rice McKinney

Philly W.P. Opens Anti-War Drive

Let’s Have a Real Democratic Union in Steel Industry!

The Lesson of the Wilson Case

A Second Invasion from Mars

The Stalinist Line: They Also Serve Hitler’s War Cause

In the Nature of Hypocrisy

St. Louis Party Branch Pushes Anti-War Work

An Editorial:


Vol. 4 No. 8, June 3, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGERS:
Albert Gates
Irving Bern

Wall Street is ‘Fifth Column’ Against U.S. Labor and Freedom

The Real Blackout, by Carlo (cartoon)

Roosevelt “Chat” Means Wage Cuts for Labor Profits for Business

Red Herring Dragged into Wilson Case

GPU Tries to Murder Trotsky

Dubinsky Sounds Jingo Note at ILG Meeting

Akron Shachtman Meeting Largest in Branch History

$1,000 in Cash from Local New York

Canadian Patriotism

Sub Rates Reduced for Manhattan and the Bronx

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Scab Labor Fails to Dent Taxi Strike

Churchill Cabinet Ends British Civil Liberties

Form Dummy Companies to Get by Law

Local 302 Leader Resigns

National Unity? Or Totalitarianism?

Bosses aim Blow at Aged

Live Wires Guarding “Abandoned” Property Kill Mass. Boy

Workers Party Cracks Ban on Free Speech

The Best People

Negroes and Aviation

New International Is Out

Labor’s Inquiring Reporter

Fuehrers of the Great “Democracies”

Sparks in the News

In the Wake of FDR’s Message to Congress

Workers Party Statement on Burnham Resignation

George Scalise – Racketeer, by James Scardeville

Akron Cops Slug Rubber Pickets

Editorials:

East Indies – A Tender Morsel for the Imperialist Appetite, by B.J. Widick

Indictment of Teamsters is Blow at Organized Labor

Another Sacrifice to the War-Mongers

Senate Reactionaries Tack Anti-Labor Amendments onto LaFollette Liberties Bill

Two Letters —

L.A. Banquet Mixes Business with Pleasure


Vol. 4 No. 9, June 10, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Labor Strikes for Living Standards as Army Chief Sees War in a Month

The Same Old Tune! (cartoon), by Carlo

Knudsen, Stettinius Faces Red – CIO Top Leaders Blow Hot and Cold on War Issue

Use “Defense” Screws to end Shipyard Strike

Wilson Case Goes to Trial

ILGWU Delegates Subjected to Barrage of Pro-War Talk

Shachtman Speaks at Series of Successful Meetings in Chicago

Los Angeles Looses Anti-Labor Witch Hunt Under Cover of “Fifth Column” Investigation

King Gives Up Sundays to Watch Workers Labor

New York Leads Subscription Drive

Flogging of Georgia Unionist Reveals Boss-Klan Tie Up

Government Agents Frame SUP Militants

Returns on Campaign, Press Fund Show Nat’l Improvement

CIO Presses California Shipyard Strike

FBI Questions Thurman, Anti-War Militant

Shachtman Urges Fight on Sixty Families in Michigan U. Debate

Force Anti-Labor Educator Out

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

Labor Haters Rub Palms Over “Fifth column” Excuse

Yipsels Hit “Citizenship Rally” With Snappy Anti-War Leaflet

Sparks in the News

Stalinist Convention Hears Windy Explanation of Why Yesterday’s Line Was Changed Again

30,000 Tons of Death, by “Argus”

A Working Stiff Considers the Facts, Makes Up His Mind on World War II, by Martin Lechner

Editorials:

The Negro’s Fight:

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

There’s Money to be Made in War, But Not by Labor


Vol. 4 No. 10, June 17, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Roosevelt, Pledging Aid to Allies, Drops Mask of War Neutrality

Mussolini Times War Entry to Needs of Hitler Offensive; Makes Friendly Gesture to Stalin

Hitler Didn’ Invent Everything

First Casualty in War for “Democracy”, by Carlo (cartoon)

Labor Action Correspondent Talks to Kearney Men, Finds Strike Sentiment Strong, by Susan Green

Jobless Spike “Red Scare”

Anti-War Voices in Britain

Flagwaving Judge Sentences EWA Men

My Friends Is First of Penny Pamphlets to be Published Monthly by Workers Party

Pro-War Faction Carries CIO Council Meeting, by B.J. Widick

Yes, Some People Are Losing Interest in Civil Liberties

“Total War” directed at Farm Labor

Newark Adopts Food Stamps Plan for Jobless

The ILGWU Convention Decided as Follows

Put Gantner and Mattern on Unfair List, Say Strikers

An Editorial:

Strike Against ‘Slaughter House’ Plant Conditions

Labor’s Inquiring Reporter

The ‘Democrats’ Act: (1) Against Aliens, by William Petersen

Sparks in the News

Profits – Coming and Going

Another War Casualty

Building Armaments for What?

Editorials:

Liberalism Marches – Where? by Dwight Macdonald

The Negro’s Fight:

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Defy Patriots: Push Meetings for Shachtman

What Next in the World War? – Read June New International

Crucible Workers Strike for Better Conditions


Vol. 4 No. 11, June 24, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

French Surrender Proves Workers Rule Alone Can Stop Hitler March

Roosevelt Announces Conscription as Next Step in Many-Sided War Drive

Erber to Tour Pennsylvania Ohio Cities

An Editorial:

Wilson Innocent, Thug Guilty

“We’re Hungry and We’ll Fight,” Say Striking Cleveland Newsboys

Waiting for the Kill (cartoon)

These Sharecroppers Meet to Break the Bonds of Slavery, by B.J. Widick

Religious Sect Feels Brunt of War Hysteria

Rat-Bite Kills Month-Old Tenement Infant

Cablegram Sent by William Hines Page, American Ambassador to Britain to President Wilson, March 5, 1917

The Pack Begins to Howl Loudly for War Entry

New York Party Organizes Outdoor Rally Against War

Chamber of Commerce Knows How Its Bread is Buttered

Knitgoods Workers May Take to Picket Line

June New International Out

Oakland Branch Has Tilt with Local Hooligans

“We’re Joining the Workers Party,” Say Two CPers

YPSL Will Open Convention with Anti-War Rally

To See of Not to See, by Susan Green

The ‘Democrats’ Act: (2) Against Liberty, by William Petersen

Sparks in the News

The Washington Politicians Say: Soak the Poor! Feed the Rich! by Robert Hallam

Marcus Garvey, by J.R. Johnson

Sharecroppers Get Penny Pamphlet

Editorials:

The Librarian of Congress Speaks: Will the Book Burning Start? by Dwight Macdonald

The Negro’s Fight:

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Statement on ‘Revelations’ of Cambridge District Attorney

Brazilian Fourth Internationalists Endorse Workers Party Position on World War


Vol. 4 No. 12, July 1, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

A Declaration Against the World Imperialist War! Fight Fascism with Socialist Action!

Allied Thieves Fall Out Over Bandit Truce

Our War Against Dictatorship, by Carlo (cartoon)

Roosevelt Actions Push Nation Further Along Path to War, by Albert Gates

Kearny contract Not So Good

Congressmen Speed Conscription Bills, by Alan Selkirk

Tortured Body of Trotsky Secretary Found

GOP “Peace” Pledge Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On

Picket Against Scuttling of Housing Plan

“Powder Keg” in Sharecropper Plight, by B.J. Widick

Two Weeks Remain in Drive for Subs

The Better Half

David Lasser in New Hilarious Role

St. Louis Movie Operators Oust Racketeers, Win New Contract

Workers Party Publishes Second in Series of Penny Pamphlets

You Are Free When ...

Shachtman on Last Lap of Speaking Tour

What’s Going On in Brazil, by M. Lebrun

Tax Bill Makes Masses Pay for Bosses’ War

Spread Strike to Honolulu

Editorials:

The “Democrats” Act: (3) To Destroy Labor’s Standards, by William Petersen

Is the Lovestone Group Going to Back the Allies?

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

50,000 Informers

Progressives Win Food Election


Vol. 4 No. 13, July 8, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Russia’s Occupation of Rumania Extends Hitler-Stalin Balkan Hold, by Joseph Carter

An Editorial

Axis Hits at Allied Position in Far East

Is it Five? No, It Is ... Twelve!

The Capitalist Answer, by Carlo (cartoon)

This Is No Time for Social Legislation Says President

New Taxes Add to War Burden on U.S. Masses, by Albert Gates

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Lines, by David Coolidge

Truck Union Will Appeal Convictions

“Lambs” Don’t Volunteer for Sacrifice, Cal. to Use Pressure

Adopt Anti-War Resolution

Court Acquits Fascist Gang

What Are the Facts on the Food Stamp Plan? by David Coolidge

Calif. CIO Shipyard Workers Push Protest

On the GOP Convention

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

Wall St. Picks Its Republican Nominees

Sparks in the News

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Milking the Poor with Insurance, by Gary Reynolds

Shachtman to Resume Tour in St. Louis

Editorials:

The “Democrats” Act: (4) For Wartime U.S. Dictatorship, by William Petersen

The Negro’s Fight:

Well ...


Vol. 4 No. 14, July 15, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Roosevelt Asks Masses to Raise Fourteen Billion for Boss War

What Facts Lie Behind French Turn to Fascism?

Pres. Roosevelt – Grand Kleagle of the United States

Voting Does Not End Vital Mexican Conflict

CIO Signs Stanley Cafeterias

Uruguay 4th Internationalists Back W.P. Position on the War

World At War

Picket Lines 100% Solid in Scrap Iron Strike

A New Penny Pamphlet: This Is Not Our War

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Police Brutally Attack Air King Strikers

Union Paper Hangs Anti-Union Label on Fifth Column Hysteria

Stalinists Continue to Run AYC, by Irving Howe

Lewis Seeks Third Party Deal with Wheeler and Townsend, by B.J. Widick

“Peace Officers” in Unprovoked Attack on Negro Editor

Stalinist Defense Outfit Deserts Negro Militant

Will They Agree on the Balkans? (cartoon)

Lest We Forget!

Sparks in the News

War Problem Occupies YPSL Meet

Why is Hitler Winning? by Dwight Macdonald

The Better Half, by Susan Green

Shachtman to Speak on Ohio Campus

On Willkie and “Free” Press, by Alan Selkirk

And at the Same Time It Pays

Editorials:

Protecting Whose Interests, by Carlo (cartoon)

If They WANT to Fight Let Them – Say We

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Youth Need Trade Schools Not Barracks


Vol. 4 No. 15, July 22, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

F.D.R. ‘Conscripted’ for Third Term; Gears U.S. War Machine for Action

Democrats Soft-Pedal on War Stand

Packard “Patriots” Kick, Government Hastens to Guarantee War Profits, by Susan Green

Hemisphere Control is U.S. Plan, by Alfred Gates

World at War

Scrap Iron Strike Dents Business

Stop Conscription! No Draft of American Lives for Wall Street’s War

Gentlemen, Look to Your Columns

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Lines, by David Coolidge

Die Casters End Strike Pending Vote

And the Rich Suffer Too

From the Diary of a Migratory Laborer, by Apricot Worker

Scrap Iron Strike Dents Company Business

So You Won’t Enlist

Three Day Strike Brings Concessions

Farewell, Frank Halstead

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

Cuban Stalinists Lend a Hand in Electing Batista President

Shachtman to End Tour in New York

Sparks in the News

Should the Negro Fight?

Do You Know

A Tennessee Lynching Bee, by R. Craine

Camacho Forces Claim Election Victory

Editorials:

Tweedledum Mr. Willkie vs. Tweedledee Roosevelt, by Dwight Macdonald

The Tradition of Jacobin France Will Not Die, by Joseph Carter

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

The Death of a Liberal, by Blake Lear


Vol. 4 No. 16, July 29, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Boss Parties Rush Conscription; Platform Fraud Hides War Aims

Argentina Balks at Hull Colonies Plan

Bosses on Run in N.J. Scrap Iron Strike

World at War

“Defense” No Excuse for Cutting Labor Standards Says Lewis

Stalin Fastens Hold on Baltic People

Stalinists Plan ‘Workers Regime’ in France – If O.K. with Hitler

With Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Watch Out for Pickpockets, from CIO News (cartoon)

Shachtman Sees Workers’ Victory Ahead

Story of a Lynching

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

We Heard Pretty Promises Once Before

To a Foil’d European Revolutionaire, by Walt Whitman (poem)

Sparks in the News

South of the Border

N.Y. Police Slug Strike Pickets

Editorials:

Who is Mr. Torkild Rieber? by Dwight Macdonald

The Negro’s Fight

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

These N.Y. Stands Sell Labor Action

Johnson Article in New Int’l Reviews Capitalism and War


Vol. 4 No. 17, August 5, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Organized Labor Must Act Now Against the Threat of Conscription

Nazis Fear Consequences of British Collapse

The New Draft Laws, by Carlo (cartoon)

Scrap Iron Strikers Get Teamster Aid

One Solution

Auto Workers Oppose Draft, by B.J. Widick

Can You Guess Who?

The World at War

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Akron Pickets Protest Conscription Bill

SUP Opposes Compensation Plan for Seamen

Sidelights on UAW Meet

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

The Pan-American Conferees Bow to Hemisphere Control by White House, by Albert Gates

South of the Border: Chile

One Lesson of the World War, by Dwight Macdonald

Stop Hitler? Simple – Just Dam Up the Gulf Stream

Editorials

Roosevelt and Willkie Bait Hooks to Catch Masses’ Vote

The Negro’s Fight

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

These N.Y. Stands Sell Labor Action


Vol. 4 No. 18, August 12, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

We Want No Part of the Draft – Twelve Million to Register on Slaughter List

Big Business Wrests Huge Profits from Preparations for War – Patriotism Pays the Bosses Well, by David Coolidge

Taking the Profits Out of War! by Carlo (cartoon)

Local New York Opens Campaign to Put Shachtman on Ballot as Anti-War Candidate

The World at War

C.P. Machine Again Beaten in Food Union

Chicago Board of Health Hears About Rats

Your Signature Will Put Him on the Ballot

Scrap Iron Bosses Try ‘Moving’ Gag Against Strike in Vain

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

A Summary of the Auto Convention, by B.J. Widick

Hillman Says One Thing But the Facts Say Another

Ohio Police Protect Scabs

These Stands Sell Labor Action

Bell System Signs With Independent Union

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

There Some [sic!] Are Millions of Destitute “Oakies” in This Land of Riches

Sparks in the News

European Masses Feel the Lash of Famine, by Alan Selkirk

Stalin-Hitler Pact Extends Friendship Down to Uruguay

Prosperity Around the Corner? by Frank Demby

Editorials

Britain at War, Part 1: The Capitalists

The Negro’s Fight

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Roughing It


Vol. 4 No. 19, August 19, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Draft Serves Bosses, Not Labor

Build a Bomb-Proof Shelter, by Carlo (cartoon)

The World at War

D.A. Trots Out New “Red Scare”

New Jersey Scrap Iron Workers Unite Forces

Anti-Conscription Army takes to the Field

Parade Opens Shachtman Petition Campaign

Victims of FBI Frame-Up Jailed

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Unions Take a Stand on the Draft

Fill This Out and Send It to Your Senator

Youth “Town Hall” Hits Conscription

Sound and Fury Abound – Aid Is Scant, by Susan Green

Not So Loud, Messrs. Jingoists!

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

The Bosses Will Fight Like Hell – To Defend Their Own Class Interests, by David Coolidge

Mr. Boss Gets the Gravy

The Struggle Against Imperialism and War – From the Program of the Fourth International

Progress of “ Democracy” in Kenya

The Men Behind Willkie, by Alan Selkirk

Editorials

Britain at War, Part II: The Workers

The Negro’s Fight

Careful! They’ll Pinch You for Breathing

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

You Can Buy Labor Action at the Following N.Y. Stands


Volume 4, No. 20 August 26, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Stalin Has Murdered Our Comrade Trotsky

Farewell, Leon Trotsky —

[Telegram to Natalia Trotsky]

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

The Life and Death of a Great Revolutionist

Knitgoods Workers Prepare for Strike Action

Voorhis Bill Strikes Another Blow at Civil Liberties

Wire Workers Settle Strike

You Won’t Get to Be a Millionaire, by Paul Temple

Joe McWilliams Acts in Hitler Style, by William Petersen

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

Is Tweedledee Better Than Tweedledum, by Alan Selkirk

Scrap Iron Pickets See Victory Near

Sparks in the News

The GPU Has Not Finished

Editorials

The Negro’s Fight


Vol. 4 No. 21, September 2, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

A Tribute to Our Fallen Leader, Leon Trotsky, by J.R. Johnson

Roosevelt Pushes Us into War

We Accuse! by Carlo (cartoon)

Trotsky Killer, GPU Agent, Is Indicted

Mexican Masses Honor Trotsky, by Douglas Conley

More Than 2,000 at N.Y. Memorial Meeting

Chileans Pay Honor to Trotsky

Picket Soviet Embassy

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

How the Two Old Parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, Treated Organized Labor, from the Northwest Organizer

They Pay Tribute to Comrade Trotsky

Stalinists Routed at Teachers Convention

Why Trotsky Was Murdered – A Quotation

Leon Trotsky – As Seen by Others

We’re Out to Build a Brand New Machine, by Paul Temple

Speech Delivered at N.Y. Memorial Meeting by Albert Gates

August N.I. Out

Editorials

The Negro’s Fight

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

You Can Register Your Opposition to Boss War by Putting Max Shachtman on the Bronx Ballot


Vol. 4 No. 22, September 9, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Roosevelt Commits an Act of War

The Ramparts They Watch! by Carlo (cartoon)

The World at War

Prosperity

Youth See Spokesman in W.P. Candidate

The Full Text of the Jackson Confession ... With Notes

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

David Lasser Hitches Star-Spangled Unemployed Organization to War Chariot, by David Coolidge

Food Stamp Plan in Brooklyn

September New International Will Be a Trotsky Memorial Number

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

What’s “Treason” for the Worker Is “Paytriotism” for the Boss

Safest Spot? G.H.Q.

Five Arrested Protesting Stalin Murder of Trotsky

Sparks in the News

From the Weekly People on Leon Trotsky

Violence Marks Three Month Old Strike

What are the Facts on the Gov’t Excess Profits Swindle? by Frank Demby

Editorials

How the Spectre of Trotsky’s Ideas Haunted the Press, by Dwight Macdonald

The Negro’s Fight

Our Readers Take the Floor ...


Vol. 4 No. 23, September 16, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Roosevelt Pledges the U.S. to War

The Murder of Leon Trotsky, by Max Shachtman

The World at War

Labor Needs Its Own Man in Congress

Protest the Lynching of Elbert Williams

Easy to See Why Profits Are Large

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Scalise on Trial – Before the Wrong Court

Their Government and Ours, [by Paul Temple]

Once Again: Stalin Outstrips U.S. Capitalism

Out of the Long Ago Comes a Record of Roosevelt’s Position on Conscription, by Susan Green

“The Way of Sacrifice”

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

Gentlemen! Gentlemen!

Watch Yourself

Editorials

Mr. Willkie Pulls a “Boner”, by Frank Demby

The Negro’s Fight

Leon Trotsky on Russia and the War

’Nuff Said

“Germany Today Is the Miracle of the 20th Century”


Vol. 4 No. 24, September 23, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
Albert Gates

Conscription Is a Herald of War

The Murder of Leon Trotsky, by Max Shachtman

The World at War

These Birds Are Free to Serve

Leviton Workers Say They’ve Had Enough, by Susan Green

Fists Fly at ALP State Committee Meeting

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Two News Items

The Value of Roosevelt’s Speech, by Paul Temple

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

What’s in the Conscription Bill

Labor Runs Its Own Anti-War Candidate in the Bronx

Willkie and Roosevelt: Each a Moses Who Will Lead Us INTO the Wilderness

This is Max Shachtman, by Alan Selkirk

Leon Trotsky on Reformism and Fascism

It’ll Help

A Letter

Yes, the Workers Day IS Coming

Editorials

The Negro’s Fight


Vol. 4 No. 25, September 30, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the National Council of the Young People’s Socialist League of America (Fourth International) in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

F.D.R. in Secret Pact with Britain

Workers Party Candidate Calls on Labor to Repudiate Spokesmen of Boss Class

Breaking Through Orient Censorship

Nazi Puppets Stage Trial of Scapegoats

The World at War

20,000 Organized Electricians Behind Leviton Strikers, by Susan Green

No Comment!

N.J. Scrap Iron Strike in Its 14 Week Now

Tobacco Workers Kick Out Evans Clique

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Lines, by David Coolidge

Nothing Much Done at CIO Electrical Meet, by Mike Stevens

An Editorial

Warmongers Have Upper Hand at UAW Convention

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Your Healthy Enough to Be a Soldier

Paying Domestics Virtually Nothing

Even the Hardest Nut Can Be Thoroughly Cracked

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

Among Other Candidates – Jack Altman

This Is Max Shachtman, by Alan Selkirk

You Can Buy Labor Action at These Stands

Pages From a Rebel’s Notebook

A Sad Situation

Learn a Lesson From the Past, by Judy Stone

Editorials

Does Inflation Threaten? by Frank Demby

Why, Even the PROMISES of the Bosses Are Getting Thinner, by Paul Temple

Leon Trotsky on Defending Democracy


Vol. 4 No. 26, October 7, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings


The Japanese Empire at War, by Sherman Stanley

Conscript the War Industries! But ... Under the Control of the Workers

Straining at the Leash (cartoon)

Scrap Iron Workers Win Their Strike

The World at War

Signatures on Shachtman Petition Top Numbers Required

Confidential!

Watch Prices!

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Neither Willkie Nor Roosevelt – They Are Presidential Candidates Chosen by the Boss Class

The Solution Is: Organize the Jobless

These Stands Sell Labor Action

To See or Not to See, by Susan Greene

No Shelters for the Poor

It Will Come –, by Sam Hill

Among the Other candidates – Joseph Buckley

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Pages from a Rebel’s Notebook

Leviton Strike Case Before Labor Board, by Susan Greene

Well, Elliot Roosevelt Managed to Beat the Draft

Editorials

The Mexican Stalinists and Their Role in the Unions, by Douglas Conley

Yes, It’s a Rich Man’s War – And a Poor Man’s Fight, by Paul Temple

You First, Alphonse

Leon Trotsky on Planned World Economy

You See, Mister – There’s a Reason

Vol. 4 No. 27, October 14, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

War Plans Menace Labor Standards

An Editorial

Party Doubles Efforts in Bronx Drive

Strike at Bethlehem Steel Is Vital Test of Labor Rights During War

The World at War

Quit Stalinist Teachers Local

We Regret

Against the Boss War! For a Workers’ Government!

Union Ready for Long Leviton Fight, by Susan Green

We Knew This All the Time

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

Kicked Out of Their Homes

Editorials

The Tragedy of China’s National War, by Sherman Stanley

Nicholas Murray Butler, Servant of Wall Street, Does His Duty

Leon Trotsky on Fascism and New Deal


Vol. 4 No. 28, October 21, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

We Address Candidates for Conscription: You Must Fight for Workers’ Rights

“Democracy” at Work, by Carlo (cartoon)

The World at War

Not Bad, Eh?

Shachtman on the Ballot!

Bulletin

Fascism and the World War – 1, by Max Shachtman

“Fifth Columnists” in Our Midst

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

The Business Department Asks: Where’s the Action

Lynch Justice Overlooks the Facts in the Case

“I Am Always in Debt”

Sacrificing Comes Easy This Way

Red Caps Gain Something – Not Enough

An Editorial

Siquieros, GPU Agent Sought in Trotsky Murder, Arrested by Mexican Police, by Douglas Conley

Editorials

Shanghai: A City in Turmoil, by Sherman Stanley

We At Against the War Even Though We Are Not Pacifists, by Paul Temple

Leon Trotsky on Democracy and Fascism

A Foothold in India

Through the Telescope


Vol. 4 No. 29, October 28, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

Conscripts Face Death in Boss War!

Shachtman Campaign Speeds Ahead in High Gear; Meetings, Literature Cover Bronx District

The Presidential Race –, by Carlo (cartoon)

We Rise to Defend These Ten

Big Business Told It Can Violate Labor Laws

An Editorial

The World at War

We’d Like an Explanation

The Second

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

The Point Is: Who Are the Real Idlers?

Migrant Workers Strike Calif. Cotton Fields

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

Leviton Strikers Vote on Union – Just a Formality

Picket New York Button Factory

Now You Know

An Editorial

Distribute Anti-War Literature

Neither Willkie Nor Roosevelt – Labor Must Take the Road of Independent Class Action

Field Notes on Bronx Campaign, by Dwight Macdonald

Workers Party Policy in 1940 Elections

Eugene Victor Debs – A Citizen of the World

Editorials

On the Road to Singapore, by Sherman Stanley

About the Rat Who Starved to Death in a Cheese Factory, by Paul Temple

Leon Trotsky on the Art of Revolution


Vol. 4, No. 30, November 4, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party, Section of the Fourth International
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

Conscript War Industries Under Workers Control

Lewis Marches into Girdler’s Camp

Willkie And Roosevelt, by Carlo (cartoon)

The World at War

Army Accidentally Reveals Strike-Busting, by Jack Ferguson

Man Dies Standing in Relief Line

Leviton Boss Still Stalling Despite Union Vote, by Susan Green

A Meeting

Fascism and the World War – 2, by Max Shachtman

Bundle Orders Improving – But Nowhere Near Enough

Negro Urges Election of Shachtman

Cast Anti-War Ballot, Vote for Max Shachtman

Editorials


Vol. 4, No. 31, November 11, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

The Elections Are Over – What Next?

Facts Prove Jim-Crow in Boss “Defense”, by Sam Wolf

We’re On Our Way – F.D.R. (cartoon)

The World at War

Jobless Protest Abuse of Food Stamp Plan, by Susan Green

Relief Clients Barred from Housing Project

Just a Mote in the Eye of “Justice”

Something to Be Proud Of –

You Ain’t Lying, Pal

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Saigon: Ripening the Fruit for Plucking, by Sherman Stanley

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

Nobody Paid Much Attention to Him

Plenty of Money Available for Wages

Who Gave Big Business Power Over Life and Death?

Statement of the Workers Party on the Fourth International

Leon Trotsky on the Causes of October

The U.S. Empire – Its History, by Albert Gates

Capitol Scene

Wanted – Poison Gas Experts

We Protest –

An Editorial

Editorials

What’s This Noise About Providing Jobs for All of Us? by Paul Temple

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

The Drive on Egypt

News Item


Vol. 4, No. 32, November 18, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

We Address the Workers of the C.I.O.

Independent Labor Action Is the Road to Freedom

It All Depends! by Laverne Wilson (cartoon)

Teachers Face Union-Busting ‘Investigation’

Union Presidency Issue at CIO Convention, by Mike Stevens

Our Party Program

Sylvia Ageloff Released

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Brockton Shoe Union Considering CIO Affiliation

Ceylon: The Island of Paradise, by Sherman Stanley

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

Democracy at Work

Very Illuminating (?) –

For Los Angeles Readers –

Unionmen! Beware of Roosevelt’s Phoney “Friendship”

The Stalinists and the C.I.O.

“We Are on Our Way” – To War

At the AFL Convention

Arming for Boss War, by Frank Demby

A Letter to URW Workers, by Blake Lear

The Third –

Just a Number

Editorials

Leon Trotsky on Control of the Army

The World at War


Vol. 4, No. 33, November 25, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

Vultee Strike Vital Test for Labor, by Jack Wilson

First Days of CIO Meet Bring Heated Discussion, by David Coolidge

Thaelmann Wasn’t Present – He’s in a Concentration Camp

“A Matter of Taste” – Molotov, by Carlo (cartoon)

The World at War

Bosses Open Attack on 40-Hour Week

Challenge Poll Tax in Appeal for Negro Cropper

And Still They Complain

Michigan U. Prexy Expels Thirteen Anti-War Students

Fascism and the Imperialist War – 3, by Max Shachtman

Sylvia Ageloff

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

Lenin on Conscription in 1917

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

As the Vultee Men Struck

Dear Mary –

Masterpieces of Understatement

Editorials

We Say That This Country Belongs to the Workers, by Paul Temple

Leon Trotsky on Collapse of Democracy

The Power of Prediction

The State of the Nation


Vol. 4, No. 34, December 2, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

Stop F.D.R.’s Union-Smashing Drive

CIO Scores Important Victory at Vultee

There’s No Fooling the Bankers –

Red Scare Proves Dud, by Jack Wilson

CIO Plans Organization Drive in War Industries, by David Coolidge

Organizational Drive, by Carlo (cartoon)

Is This a Wage Rise or a Practical Joke?

CIO Delegates, Visitors Get Labor Action

Get Nicked for Grafter’s Take

Dubinsky Finds It Tough Going at AFL Meet

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Of Special Interest to Women – At the CIO Convention

England at War

  1. The Record of the British Labor Party, by Dwight Macdonald

Ball Begins to Roll on Orders and Payments

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Union Distributes Holiday Food to Leviton Strikers

Dear Mary –

Dies Gets Reception He Didn’t Expect

Editorials

The U.S. Empire – Its History

Fact Is that Classes Exist and the Boss Class Knows It, by Paul Temple

The World at War

Seventy-Five at Stanley Meeting


Vol. 4, No. 35, December 9, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

War Mongers Aim Blow at Unions

Southern Textile on the March, by Mike Stevens

Vultee Strike: a Lesson from the Home Front, by Carlo (cartoon)

Navy Yard Swindle Incites Men

Deaths Prove Need for Mine Safety Bill, by Blake Lear

Mass Arrests of Nationalists Sweeping India

Vultee Men at Work with Union Spirits High

Last Dollar Gone, Hangs Himself

AFL Meet Acts on Unity, War and Racketeering, by David Coolidge

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

They Must Make Way for Death, by M. Bell

Lincoln Square Tenants Discuss Action

Hitler Pleases Stalin – Hounds French Jews as “Trotskyists”

Dear Mary –

Forty Attend Phila. Forum

The Soviet State

Lovestone Group “Consolidates” Again

Of Special Interest to Women, by Susan Green

England at War

  1. Bombs and Politics in Great Britain, by Dwight Macdonald

News from Our West Coast Correspondent, by Jack Wilson

The World at War

The Right Honorable Winston Churchill

Editorials

New York Party Convention Sets Press Expansion as Activity Goal

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

On Reconstructing the British Social Order

Vega Workers Call Xmas Gift for Churchill “A Lousy Trick”


Vol. 4, No. 36, December 16, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

Labor! Smash the Boss Conspiracy!

Navy Discharges 13 Negroes Who Protest Jim-Crow

In the Name of PAY-triotism! by Carlo (cartoon)

The Boss Program in a Nutshell

The World at War

Goodyear Aircraft Promotes the “American Way of Life”

Brewster Aircraft Union Negotiates for New Contract

An Editorial

Fascism and the World War – 4, by Max Shachtman

Big Business Outlines Its Anti-Labor War Program, by J. Reilly

A Declaration on the Fourth International

To See or Not to See, by Susan Green

The United States Empire – Its History

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Social Notes, by Silly Sickenbocker

Canadian Authorities Strike at Labor, by Canadadus

Editorials

The British I.L.P. Proves Itself a Very Confused Opposition, by Joseph Carter

Our West Coast Correspondent Writes on the New ‘Gold Rush’, by Jack Wilson

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Labor Action Institute Opens Jan. 13


Vol. 4, No. 37, December 23, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

And We’re Not Waiting for Santa! by Carlo (cartoon)

Give a Gift for Christmas! ..., by Joseph Carter & Max Shachtman

AFL Militants! Repudiate Greens “No-Strike” Pledge!

Brewster Men Stand Fast on 75¢ an Hour

Brewster Aircraft Bosses Are Rolling in War Profits

Coast to Coast Coolidge Tour Begins Dec. 26

Ryan Aircraft Gets Demands

Progressives Win Child’s Union Elections

The Negro’s Fight, by Jack Mann

An Editorial

Press Action

Labor Serfdom is NAM Goal, by Susan Green

The United States Empire – Its History

Dear Mary

1,200 Philadelphia WPA Workers Face Loss of Jobs as Yuletide Gift, by Richard Swift

British Provoke Palestine Strike, by J. Jacoby

He Stole a Little Coal

The World at War

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Labor and Wages in Canada

Facts and Figures

Labor Will Have Last Word, Messrs. Capitalists!

Editorials

State Department Bars Anti-Fascist Refugees

From Zig British CP Has Shifted to Zag, by Joseph Carter

Our Readers Take the Floor ...

Life Magazine Welcomes Refugees to America

LaGuardia Cold Shoulders Lincoln Square Tenants

What Will New York’s Elite Be Doing on Christmas Day?


Vol. 4, No. 38, December 30, 1940
Labor Action
Organ of the Workers Party of the United States
Published weekly by the Labor Action Publishing Company in New York City

EDITOR:
Joseph Carter
MANAGING EDITOR:
Emmanuel Garrett
BUSINESS MANAGER:
John Billings

For a New Year of Militant Labor Struggle! Onward Toward Socialist Freedom!

British Empire Goes into Hock – U.S. Is Pawnbroker, by Sherman Stanley

New Year’s Resolution No. 1, by Carlo (cartoon)

Odell Waller Gets Stay of Execution

The World at War

Brewster Aircraft Union Signs Contract

Mexico Frees Sylvia Ageloff

Reactionaries Beaten in Cafeteria Union Election

With the Labor Unions – On the Picket Line, by David Coolidge

Commissioner Hillman Swallows a Mountain and Chokes on a Pebble

The Negro’s Fight, by Jack Mann

“All Men Are Created Equal”

In a Nutshell

Dear Mary

Around the Corner

Labor Action Institute Open January 13. Register Now!

Coolidge Will Visit Ohio Next

From Our West Coast Correspondent

The Negro and the War, by George Schuyler

Wages and the Last War, by Susan Green

Party News

Editorials

Lord Halifax: Christian Gentleman, Imperialist Spokesman, by Joseph Carter

Our Readers Take the Floor ...



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