Connecticut's New Labor Commissioner

Labor Department Commissioner Sharon Palmer, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

Aug. 28, 2012 -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy today appointed AFT Connecticut President Sharon Palmer to lead the Connecticut Department of Labor.

“For more than two decades, Sharon has been a tireless advocate for working people from all walks of life in the state of Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy. “Sharon has spent many, many years fighting for something I believe in deeply: the right to organize and collectively bargain for good wages and good benefits. I’m thrilled she’s accepted this appointment.”

With more than two decades of labor relations experience Palmer will work to ensure the Labor Department continues protecting the rights of working people across Connecticut.

"This is an opportunity to work with our governor and legislature to ensure that the rights of working people are respected," she said. "From workplace safety to the right to form a union, standing up for workers statewide will be our goal."