Monday, June 8, 2009

Teamsters Union Endorses Richard Romero for Mayor of Albuquerque

Nearly two weeks ago Mayor Martin J Chavez picked up the AFSCME union endorsement.

On Sunday, Richard Romero's campaign announced that he's picked up the Teamster's endorsement.

From a news release:

ALBUQUERQUE (June 7, 2009). Richard Romero received the endorsement of the New Mexico Teamsters Union in his run for the Mayor of Albuquerque.

"We stand with those who champion working families, and Richard Romero has a proven record as a fighter," said Walter R. Maestas, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local Union 492. "We are proud to be the first union to endorse him for mayor."

"It's an honor to receive this important endorsement," said Romero. "As mayor, I will continue to stand up for our city's workers and the unions that back them. My roots are with this union—my father was a warehouse man at Sandia Labs and a proud member of the Teamsters."


The union pointed to Romero's strong record of standing with working families, citing that as a State Senator and Senator Pro Tem Richard Romero:


Fought for minimum wage increases;

Opposed privatization of prisons and stood up to voice strong disapproval of the unethical action taken by Manny Aragon in becoming a lobbyist for private prison operator, Wackenhut, while simultaneously serving in the Senate;

Carried the collective bargaining bill that allowed state workers to organize

Romero is a former teacher and principal. He served as President Pro Tem of the NM state Senate from 2001 to 2004. Richard is facing Rep. RJ Berry and Mayor Marty Chavez, who has qualified for public financing but has not yet officially declared whether he will seek a fourth term as mayor. Albuquerque's municipal election will be held on October 6, 2009.



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1 comment:

Ahma Daeus said...

INCARCERATING PEOPLE "FOR PROFIT" IS IN A WORD....WRONG!

Even if one does not ask or pretends not to see the rope and the flashing red flag draped around the philosophical question standing solemnly at attention in the middle of the room, it remains apparent that the mere presence of a private “for profit” driven prison business in our country undermines the U.S Constitution and subsequently the credibility of the American criminal justice system. In fact, until all private prisons in America have been abolished and outlawed, “the promise” of fairness and justice at every level of this country’s judicial system will remain unattainable. We must restore the principles and the vacant promise of our judicial system. Our government cannot continue to "job-out" its obligation and neglect its duty to the individuals confined in the correctional and rehabilitation facilities throughout this nation, nor can it ignore the will of the people that it was designed to serve and protect. There is urgent need for the good people of this country to emerge from the shadows of indifference, apathy, cynicism, fear, and those other dark places that we migrate to when we are overwhelmed by frustration and the loss of hope.

My hope is that you will support the National Public Service Council To Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP) with a show of solidarity by signing "The Single Voice Petition"
http://www.petitiononline.com/gufree2/petition.html

Please visit our website for further information: http://www.npsctapp.blogspot.com



–Ahma Daeus
"Practicing Humanity Without A License"...