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Aresimowicz Walks Line Between Union And Legislature

Aresimowicz Walks Line Between Union And Legislature

Connecticut union leaders do not hide their displeasure with House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, over his role in passing a budget that cuts services and eliminates jobs rather than following labor's prescription of raising taxes on the rich.

"I was really upset at his vote; I am really upset," said Sal Luciano, the executive director of AFSCME Council 4, the biggest union in the AFL-CIO. "But he's got to be the one to look at himself in the mirror."

A comment like that might make any Democratic leader wince. With more than 32,000 members, AFSCME is a crucial element of the coalition that has kept House Democrats in the majority for 30 years....

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