Family, friends, union leadership and politicians gathered last Saturday to celebrate the life of Jim Shearer, ACE-AFSCME Local 2250’s former Executive Director and one of the founders of Local 2250. Shearer passed recently. "Jim was our institutional memory and provided guidance until his final illness,” said Local 2250 President Shirley Kirkland, who credited Shearer with encouraging and supporting her move into a union leadership role. "Even after he retired he continued to help me and this union, and I'll never forget him." Those in attendance included Maryland State Senate President Mike Miller and former Prince George’s State Senator Joanne Benson, who joined in remembering Shearer as both a family and union man. AFSCME 2250 represents an array of county employees in Prince George's County.
photo: Kirkland (center) with retired MWC president Jos Williams and CSA ED Kathleen McKirchy