AFL-CIO head says Walsh will be 'exceptional' Labor secretary

AFL-CIO head says Walsh will be 'exceptional' Labor secretary
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The president of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions, praised President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty WalshMarty WalshFive reasons Marty Walsh could be an excellent choice for secretary of Labor Biden introduces Commerce, Labor, Small Business Administration nominees Biden says he weighed tapping Sanders for Labor secretary MORE (D) for secretary of Labor, calling the mayor an “exceptional” choice.

“Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be an exceptional Labor secretary for the same reason he was an outstanding mayor: he carried the tools. 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,” Richard Trumka said in a statement Thursday.

“He will have the ear of the White House, the Cabinet and Congress as we work to increase union density and create a stronger, fairer America,” he added.


“With Joe Biden and Marty Walsh, we are setting our sights high, starting with passage of the PRO Act so the tens of millions of workers who want to form a union can do so freely and fairly,” Trumka added, referencing legislation that would strengthen workers’ protections to unionize.

Walsh joined the AFL-CIO-affiliated Laborers Local 223 in his 20s and served as head of the Boston Building Trades from 2011 until 2013 when he resigned to run for mayor.

The mayor was reported earlier Wednesday to be Biden’s choice for the role, one of a final round of Cabinet secretary nominations that also included Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Graham says he'll back Biden's CIA pick A Democratic agenda for impossibly hard times MORE as attorney general and Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoBiden introduces Commerce, Labor, Small Business Administration nominees The Hill's Morning Report - Trump finally concedes; 25th Amendment pressure grows Biden taps Isabel Guzman to lead the Small Business Administration MORE (D) as Commerce Secretary.

They were among the first nominations announced by the Biden team since two Democratic victories in the Georgia Senate runoffs confirmed he will have a Democratic Senate majority.