President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday nominated former union worker Marty Walsh to be the next Secretary of Labor. Walsh, who's been mayor of Boston since 2014, served as president of Laborers Local 223 and, before becoming mayor, headed up the Boston Building Trades.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said that Walsh "will be an exceptional labor secretary for the same reason he was an outstanding mayor: he carried the tools." 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," said Trumka. "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."