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Monday, June 08, 2009

Teamsters Union Endorses Richard Romero for Mayor of Albuquerque

Richard Romero speaking at DFA-DFNM Meetup this month

Richard Romero announced in a statement released late yesterday that he has 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 track record of standing with working families, citing the important work he did as a State Senator and Senator Pro Tem where 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.

This is an important endorsement for Romero's campaign in keeping with his reputation as a fighter for worker's rights and policies that benefit New Mexico families.

June 8, 2009 at 09:10 AM in 2009 Albuquerque Mayoral Race, Labor | Permalink


Guess Mayor Marty didn't have any way to bribe this union to get its endorsement. Romero is the real union supporter, not Chavez!

Posted by: Larry | Jun 8, 2009 10:59:05 AM

Excellent news.

Posted by: Old Dem | Jun 8, 2009 12:02:23 PM