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Wed March 14, 2012
Martinez Wins Battle Over New Mexico Labor Board Selection
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal fight that potentially gives her control of a state board that referees disputes over working conditions and union contracts affecting government workers and some educators.
A state labor leader said Tuesday that unions aren't appealing the latest court ruling but will turn their attention to electing legislators who support New Mexico's collective bargaining law.
American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico president Christine Trujillo said the Martinez administration's court victory could allow the governor to try to neutralize the collective bargaining law through her selection of Public Employee Labor Relations Board members.
The state Supreme Court turned down a union request late last month to remove a retired Clovis police officer the governor appointed to the three-member board.
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