Connecticut Governor Names Teachers Union Boss As Labor Commissioner

Like putting a fox putting another fox charge of the hen house:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is turning to Sharon Palmer of Waterford, the leader of a teachers’ union that battled the governor over elements of his education reform plan, as his next commissioner of labor.

The Malloy administration, which is set to announce the appointment this afternoon, had no comment. But the choice of Palmer was saluted by John Olsen, the president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, in an email he sent to AFL-CIO executive board members.

Palmer is the president of the state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the smaller of the two statewide teachers’ unions. She also sits on the AFL-CIO board.

She succeeds Glenn Marshall, a carpenters’ union official who resigned in July.

Read the rest at The Connecticut Mirror.

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