- 1 Socialist Party
- 2 Independent Socialist League
- 3 United Auto Workers
- 4 Activism
- 5 Debs Dinner founder
- 6 Helping Eliseo Medina
- 7 Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago
- 8 DSOC
- 9 Democratic Agenda
- 10 DSA Labor Commission
- 11 DSA Conference delegate
- 12 Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
- 13 Saul Mendelson's funeral
- 14 Memorial
- 15 References
At one stage he was involvedwith the Goldmanites—a Trotskyist splinter group and later a cadre in the single most effective group of social democrats that America has ever known – the Reutherites in the UAW.
Independent Socialist League
Prominent members of the Independent Socialist League included Hal Draper and Ann Draper, Julius Jacobson and Phyllis Jacobson, Max Shachtman, Al Glotzer, Herman Benson, Gordon Haskell, Ernest Rice McKinney, Saul Mendelson, Deborah Meier, Don Chenoweth, Sam Bottone, Joe Friedman (Carter), Paul Bernick, Jack Rader, Carl Shier, Lewis Coser, Ernest Erber, Stanley Plastrik, Irving Howe, B.J. Widick.
United Auto Workers
The United Auto Workers (UAW) was Carl Shier's union.
When public employees began to organize, the UAW lent Carl Shierto the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to serve as the Director of their Illinois council. Later he served as AFSCME's talent scout, bringing into the Illinois Council their subsequent directors.
Carl was active in international solidarity work, most notably withthe Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid. He served on the boards of Illinois Issues and Chicago's oldest civil rights organization, the Community Renewal Society.
Debs Dinner founder
Helping Eliseo Medina
Eliseo Medina's first interaction with the the fore-runners of Democratic Socialists of America came in Chicago when, as a young worker, he was sent by Cesar Chavez to lead the Chicago grape boycott campaign.
In 1969, Medina came into contact with Carl Shier, a member of the local Socialist Party USA chapter and later to be one of the founders of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, the organization that preceded DSA.
Shier connected Medina with the Chicago Labor movement, a decision that "propelled Medina’s success with both the grape boycott and his career".
Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago
Circa late 1982, members of the Citizens Committee/Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago (in formation) included Carl Shier.
In 1982 the Chicago local of Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee was led by;
- Mike Kelly, Chair
- Bob Roman, Sec.
- Carl Shier, Treas.
- Jone Johnson, Delegate
- Laurie Michalowski, Delegate
- Lou Pardo, Delegate
- Jim Steiker, Delegate
More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'
The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.
A Democratic Agenda A Trade Union Breakfast to discuss "Responding to the Workplace Needs of Younger Workers," "Problems of Minority Workers," "Fighting the New Union Busters," and related problems featured as speakers Carl Shier, DSOC, chairman; Henry Bayer, AFSCME Area Director, Illinois, Joe Finkbeiner, president UAW Local l6l8 (Oldsmobile) ¡ Sam Meyers, president, UAW Local 259; and Joyce Miller, vice-president, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and president, Coalition of Labor Union Women.
DSA Labor Commission
DSA Conference delegate
Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Saul Mendelson's funeral
The service was MC'd by a retired colleague, Bob Clark. Carl Shier of DSA, spoke first and was followed by Saul's friend Deborah Meier, "a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient who is now starting a new school in Boston". Amy Isaacs, National Director of the Americans for Democratic Action, spoke of what "Saul had meant on foreign affairs to the ADA".
Other speakers included Communist Party USA aligned Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, State SenatorBarack Obama, Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie and "a good friend from New York", Myra Russell.
The concluding remarks were made by an old friend, Harriet Lefley, a former Trotskyist with Saul Mendelson in the 1940s, who was then Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami Medical School.
Both Brisben and McReynolds are also members of Democratic Socialists of America.
There was a memorial for Carl Shier at Weinstein Brothers in Wilmette on Friday, May 18. 2007, Despite the brief notice, hundreds attended. The current and past AFSCME Council 31 directors, Henry Bayer and Steve Culen, spoke. Deborah Meier and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky also shared their memories, as did two of Carl's nephews, Paul Blumberg and Dick Sard.
- TYR, April/May 2013]
- Undated circa late 1982, HWAC Mayoral Campaign Records, Box 5, Folder 1
- Democratic Left, May/August 1986, page 18
- Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 371/372
- DSA Keylist newsletter, July 1982
- Democratic Left, March/April 1990, page 11
- Democratic Left, July/August 1990, page 17
- DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
- Memorial Service program
- new ground 112, May/June 2007
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