HARTFORD -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said there was a unifying theme to his appointments of a longtime union leader, along with a negotiator, to lead the state Department of Labor last week.

By naming Glenn Marshall, of Milford, president of Carpenters Union Local 210, to be the next labor commissioner and Dennis Murphy, of Bridgeport, a neutral labor arbitrator, as the deputy, Malloy said he hopes to send a message about the importance of creating new state jobs.

"I want a labor-friendly Labor Department and I want a management-friendly Labor Department," Malloy said.

"It also gives me the ability to appoint an individual with a tremendous labor union background and somebody who has pretty good credentials on the management side," Malloy said of the appointments, which require confirmation in the General Assembly.

"Coming from the construction industry, where we're always working ourselves out of jobs, creating new ones on a day-to-day basis is vital to our success at putting people to work," said the 52-year-old Marshall. "Coming out of construction, I have an understanding that it's very important to work -- labor and management together -- towards the same goals."

Marshall will be paid $130,000 a year, while Murphy will have a salary of $105,000.

"Glenn has an extraordinary background within the labor movement," Malloy said during an afternoon news conference in the Capitol complex.

"Dennis and I had the opportunity to get to know each other many years ago when I was first elected mayor of the city of Stamford," Malloy said of the 54-year-old former chief administrative officer for the city of Bridgeport, who went on to become director of human resources in Stamford from 2004 until 2008.

Malloy said he hopes the appointments send positive signals about the future of state jobs.

"I strongly reject the premise that you have to be either pro-labor or pro-business," Malloy said. "Ours have to be both." Malloy said he wants to beef up the Labor Department's enforcement efforts making sure employees are working within their classifications.