Teacher union names new leader

Melodie Peters, a longtime state senator from the southeastern part of the state, has been named the president of The American Federation of Teachers’ Connecticut Chapter, the state’s second-largest teachers’ union

She is a former nurse, and has no background in teaching. AFT-Connecticut also represents health care workers, higher education faculty and municipal employees. AFT has nearly 29,000 members, of whom 12,000 are teachers.

Peters became president after the former president, Sharon Palmer, was tapped to become the state’s labor commissioner by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The president plays a very active role in communicating with state legislators. Peters’ term runs through the coming legislative session, or June 30.