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Biden taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor secretary: report

Biden taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor secretary: report
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE has tapped Boston Mayor Marty WalshMarty WalshBiden's infrastructure plan needs input from cities and regions Senate panel advances Biden's education and labor secretary picks The president wants Amazon workers to join a union MORE (D) to serve as his Labor Secretary, Politico reported on Thursday.

Major unions including the AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the American Federation of Teachers backed him for the Cabinet role.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said on Thursday that Walsh will be an “exceptional labor secretary.”

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“As a longtime union member, Walsh knows that collective bargaining is essential to building back better by combating inequality, beating COVID-19 and expanding opportunities for immigrants, women and people of color,” he said in a statement.

Trumka added that Walsh can help increase union density and overturn policies under the Trump administration and Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaEugene ScaliaBiden should keep the new commonsense independent contractor rule Demolition at the Labor Department, too AFL-CIO calls on Trump to resign or be removed from office 'at once' MORE.

Walsh is a former union leader in Boston and was at the helm of the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council.

The 53-year-old mayor has served in his current role since 2014 and before that was a member of the Massachusetts state house since 1997. Biden and Walsh have had a longstanding relationship and the former vice president presided over Walsh’s second inauguration in 2018.

Other names floated for the role were Rep. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinDemocrats unveil bill to end tax break for investment managers Foreign adversaries skewer US after Capitol riots Biden taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor secretary: report MORE (D-Mich.), vice chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, California Labor Secretary Julie Su, and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.).

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AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in November, when announcing the union’s support for Walsh for Labor Secretary, that he has “cut his teeth” in the labor movement.

“He is a card-carrying union member who has executive experience running a large city,” Saunders said. “There’s no doubt he’d be a high profile and passionate fighter for workers’ rights and that is why AFSCME backs him for secretary of labor.”

Walsh's nomination could face criticism from progressives looking for more diversity in the Cabinet after Biden promised to create a “Cabinet that looks like America.” Biden also nominated Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDOJ faces swift turnaround to meet Biden voting rights pledge Merrick Garland is right to prioritize domestic terrorism, but he'll need a bigger boat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan MORE for attorney general this week, another white man.

The Hill has reached out to the Biden transition team for confirmation.