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Conn. AFL-CIO head to attend State of the Union

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The new leader of the Connecticut AFL-CIO will be attending President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

Lori Pelletier, the executive secretary treasurer of the labor federation, will be the guest of 5th District U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Tuesday night.

Pelletier was elected to the newly created leadership position in September. She is the principal officer overseeing the AFL-CIO's day-to-day operations. She replaced longtime AFL-CIO President John Olsen, who retired after serving 25 years in the top job.

Esty called Pelletier ``an outstanding leader'' who has fought for fair wages and benefits for workers.

The AFL-CIO initially endorsed Esty's Democratic primary opponent in 2012, former House Speaker Chris Donovan. After Esty defeated Donovan, the organization voted to back her in the general election.