AFL-CIO decides to endorse Patrick's re-election

Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Leaders of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO have decided to throw the labor union’s support behind Gov. Deval Patrick’s re-election bid.

Republican rival Charles Baker says its proof “the governor is not going to deliver the kind of change that’s required.”

Patrick and many union leaders have been at odds over his efforts to curb police details at road construction sites, as well as to trim the state workforce and revamp the state pension system.

The union acknowledged those differences in a statement Wednesday, but said Patrick “has responsibly navigated budget shortfalls and joblessness.”

Baker quips, “I guess they got the band back together again.”

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