October 24, 2018

CT AFL-CIO's Pelletier resigns for insurance job

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Lori Pelletier, president, CT AFL-CIO, is leaving her state post for the private sector.

After five years representing hundreds of area labor unions, Connecticut AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier is leaving for the private sector, the labor federation announced Wednesday.

Pelletier, the first openly gay state federation officer in the country, will depart at the end of November to take a vice president role with American Income Life. The Texas-based company sells life, accident, and supplemental insurance products to labor unions, credit unions, associations and others, AFL-CIO said.

Sal Luciano, executive vice president, will serve as interim president until AFL-CIO's executive board can convene to elect a new president to finish Pelletier's current term, which ends in 2021.

Under Pelletier's watch, union membership in Connecticut grew from 207,000 in 2013 to 278,000 as of 2017, according to federal data.

AFL-CIO also hailed Pelletier for fighting previously proposed "right to work" legislation and changes binding arbitration laws, as well as her successful advocacy for raising Connecticut's minimum wage, requiring more transparency within state corporate incentive programs and mandating a labor history curriculum within public schools.

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