From Labor Action, Vol. 6 No. 5, 2 February 1942, p. 2.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).
My attention has been called to a sentence in an article I wrote last week for Labor Action which is open to misinterpretation. It reads: “Even if Lewis does not appear this week before the CIO executive board, the ill-concealed threat he has of pulling the miners, and other unions he influences, out of the CIO into a unified labor movement is sufficient to speak more eloquently at the CIO executive board than,” etc. It goes without saying that any attempt on the part of Lewis to “pull the miners” out of the CIO would be an outrage perpetrated upon the interests of the labor movement as a whole and an act of disloyalty and split not less reprehensible than the one committed sometime ago by Dubinsky in withdrawing the ILGWU from affiliation to the CIO.
It is equally obvious that for the miners to split from the CIO and join the AFL would not at all signify that the labor movement has been genuinely and effectively united. I want to emphasize this as heavily as I can, just because the loosely-worded phrase in last week’s issue may have given rise to a misunderstanding of our real position.
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