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Social Unionism in Action

New York: Maida Springer in Africa, 1965.

Photograph from Yevette Richards, Maida Springer. Pan Africanist and International Labor Leader

(Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburg Press, 2008).

The ILGWU expanded its program and thus its influence internationally in the 1960s and 1970s, and “loaned” Maida Springer to the AFL-CIO. Springer served as the AFL-CIO’s representative to international labor conferences in the United Kingdom and across Africa. In addition to attending a host of conferences in different countries, Springer also conducted workshops about organizing for women and for other under-represented workers in many African countries. Here she speaks to taxi drivers at the motor car driving school in Nigeria.