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Retired college official named to NM labor board

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- A retired university official has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to a board that enforces New Mexico's collective bargaining law for government workers.

James Shaffer of Las Lunas will serve on the Public Employee Labor Relations Board for a term expiring July 1, 2015. He succeeds Wayne Bingham of Albuquerque, whose term ended.

Shaffner retired from New Mexico Tech in 2007 after more than two decades as director of facilities management.

Under state law, the governor appoints one board member recommended by labor; one designated by public employers — Shaffner's position — and a third recommended by the other two. Appointees don't require Senate confirmation.

Labor unions lost a legal fight last year to remove a retired Clovis police chief appointed by Martinez as the board's labor member.