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March 20, 2006--In his introduction of Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger lauded Richardson for signing legislation to restore collective bargaining rights for public employees in New Mexico.  (Richardson signed the Public Employee Bargaining Act on March 7, 2003). 

Richardson brought a governor's perspective to the conference, stating, "Nothing that is happening here in Washington is affecting your lives for the better.  That's coming from the states."  He also devoted much of his remarks to introducing himself to this audience, describing himself as "a new progressive." (transcript)  next >

International Association of Fire Fighters
Gov. Bill Richardson
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