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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico TU17 Q A MTA 1717 irlH OAIN 1A TIL SEPrEMBER 14 2005 WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS signs on union contract If funded agreement could mean raises averaging percent over 3 years By Deborah Baker The Associated Press Gov Bill Richardson on Tuesday signed a contract with the biggest state workers union that eould mean pay raises averag ing percent over three years if the Legislature agrees Richardson said the collectivebargain ing agreement with the American Fed erationof State County and Municipal Employees is a strong package that par ticularly benefits the lowestpaid workers The pay provisions would not take effect until Jury 2006 whett the next budget year begins and then only if lawmakers appropriate enough money to fund We need to build support for the Democratic governor said at a signing ceremony AFSCME has been a strong backer of Richardson contributing to his 2002 gubernatorial campaign and to his Moving America Forward political committee which was active in the 2004 presidential election The governor will count on the unions support again when he runs for reelec tion next year but he indicated that wasnt why he agreed to the new contract Tm doing this for state I do this for the right Richardson said Anthony Marquez executive director of AFSCME Council 18 said about state workers will be covered by the new agreement The union represents employees in 13 departments among them Health Human Services Corrections Transpor tation Taxation and Revenue and Chil dren uth and Families The new contract which expires Dec 3i 2008 also covers items such as scheduling discipline and grievance Please see CONTRACT Page A4 IMMIGRATION REFORM Natalie New Mexican Manuela Soto foreground applauds Marcela Diaz executive director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido during a members meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe weighs on proposals Barbara Ferry Hie New Mexican Rosa Nochez ate chicken mole wrapped in a com tortilla while a man sitting nearby in paint spattered coveralls discussed the nuances of immigration reform with her husband Jose4 Nochez who emigrated to the United States grantadvocacy group Tuesday Although undocumented immigrants have much at stake in this nations debate over immi gration reform they have largely been left out of the discussion Thats why Somos Un Pueblo Unidp called the meeting to discuss the pros and cons of various proposals up for consideration by Congress Not surprisingly those atthe meeting who i woje My Name is stickers but talked Solely in Spanish said immigrants to begrantecl the same status as people who entered the country legally The 10yearold organization represents a wide spectrum of the immigrant community in Santa Fe the Marcela Diaz the groups director People sometimes think Somos is just undocumented people or just Mexicans or just she said but were really a diverse We belong to a national network on immigrant Please see REFORM Page A6 Judge shelves pnkhat program Fillin for Gallegos says practice isnt productive By Jason Auslander The New Mexican For at least the next three months the pink blue and green hats worn by people convicted of various offenses in Santa Fe Municipal Court will remain in the closet Temporary Judge Sonya Carrasco Trujillo has discon tinued a 10year old program that required convicted offenders sentenced to communityser vice work instead of fines or jail time to wear colored hats while picking up lit ter around town Pink caps were issued to those con victed of offenses involving drugs or alcohol blue hats for violent crimes and green hats for stealing I dont necessarily think it is a productive way to help people learn a lesson about CarrascoTrujillo said The judge appointed by Santa Fes mayor and City Council after the state Supreme Court suspended Judge Frances Gallegos with pay for 90 days said she will continue to sen tence people to community service However CarrascoTrujillo said there are plenty of nonprofit organi zations that could use help in efforts Please see PINK Page A6 Sonya Carrasco Trujillo HEALTH s increase options for alcoMefcabuse treatment By Mark Jewell The Associated Press BOSTON Above all else John Bauhs credits a drug for helping him stop a story line some alco holics doctors and drug companies hope will become more common as new treatment options emerge Bauhs tried practically everything he could think of V to stop during 25 years of drinking but he couldnt stay I sober until a year ago when he began taking naltrex orie tr1 adrug that can block the brain chemicals that make alcoholics feel good after a drink while also undergoing counseling After being on the drug only three days the urge to drink was completely said Bauhs a 41yearold personal chef from Qermaritown Md The conscious Please see DRUGS Page A4 Chef John Bauhs shown in his kitchen Monday in Germantown spent 25 years of his life fighting alcoholism before taking a drug called naltrexone which he claims has helped him stop drinking Matt Houston The Associated Press OBITUARIES Amanda HHerreia 18 Sept 11 Daniel Petado 81 Sept 11 Edward Lee III 43 Santa Fe Sept 11 Boy Maes 60 Santa Fe Sept11 Sept 10 19 Santa Fe Sept 11 Jenny Krakower Sept 10 Latin Garcia 20 Santa Fe Sept 11 Patrick Sept 11 Paula Btecfcshere 92 Golden Sept 11 Victoria LByars Page C2 Index ROBERTS SAYS ALL THE RIGHT THINGS Chief justice nominee smoothly navigates Senate questioning on his abortion views but there should be no mistaking his conservative ideology PageA3 KATRINA DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 423 Nursinghome owners charged in deaths of 34 patients PageA5 NEXT STOP WASHINGTON Tree from local forest to grace White House for holidays PageC3 TODAY Partly sunny High 78 PageC8 Main office Late paper Classifieds 8 News tips 9633303 9840363 9663000 9863030 Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 257 Publication No 596440 AtoeaRvi T New Mexko for 15t yean
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