MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) _ Delegates to the Connecticut AFL-CIO state convention have chosen Lori J. Pelletier as the labor federation’s new leader.

Pelletier was elected Thursday to the newly created position of executive secretary treasurer. She will be the principal officer overseeing the AFL-CIO’s day-to-day operations.

Pelletier has served as the secretary-treasurer for the past 14 years. Her election comes after John Olsen announced his retirement after serving 25 years as the president.

At a special convention in April, the AFL-CIO restructured the state federation, creating the executive secretary-treasurer position and a non-staff president. Also Thursday, Sal Luciano, executive director of AFSCME Council 4, was elected president.

Pelletier and the new executive board will serve four-year terms, which begin Friday following a swearing-in ceremony.

Pelletier said she’s extremely optimistic about the labor movement’s future.

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