Melodie Peters Death – Melodie Peters, who held office for six terms in the state Senate while residing in Waterford and subsequently assumed the role of president at AFT Connecticut, a federation comprising local unions that advocate for over 29,000 employees in the public and private sectors, passed away on July 31 at the age of 76. Her husband, Earl Peters, a former administrator at Seaside Regional Center, had previously passed away in March.
State Senator Jan Hochadel, a Democrat from Meriden and the current president of AFT Connecticut conveyed the news of Peters’ passing to the members of the union. “Her legacy of labor leadership, public service, and civic engagement ran deep, including the inspiration for many of us to step up and run for union office ourselves,” Hochadel said in a statement. “… Let’s also commit to never forget the strength and solidarity Melodie displayed during her tenure at the helm of our state federation, which included some of our toughest challenges.”
Who was Melodie Peters?
After serving as vice president, Peters assumed the role of AFT Connecticut president from 2011 to 2015. The federation comprises almost 100 local organizations, representing a diverse range of professionals such as teachers, school support staff, nurses, healthcare professionals, higher education faculty, and employees of state and municipal governments.
Peters, a member of the Democratic Party, secured her initial election to the Senate in 1992, becoming the first woman to represent the 20th District. She secured subsequent re-elections with significant margins in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002. She later relocated to Old Lyme. During her tenure, the 20th District encompassed East Lyme, Ledyard, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Waterford. In her third term, Peters earned the positions of deputy majority leader of the Senate and co-chairwoman of the Energy and Technology Committee.
Before embarking on her political career, she worked as a nurse at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, where she emerged as the chief negotiator for the nurses’ union. In 1990, she transitioned to the role of community liaison with the Thames Labor Coalition, an organization advocating for nurses, healthcare technicians, and teachers in Waterford.
Melodie Peters’ obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.
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