Joe Biden To Appoint Labor Union Boss To Secretary Of Labor

( President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly made his choice to head the Secretary of Labor — Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston.

In typical Biden fashion, he is naming a close personal friend to an extremely important position in his Cabinet. Biden presided over Walsh’s second inauguration as Boston mayor back in 2018.

Walsh once served as the president of Laborers Local 223. Before becoming mayor of Boston, he served in the state legislature for more than 10 years. During that time, he held senior positions with the city’s Building and Construction Trades Council. The Associated Press described that organization as “a union umbrella organization.”

Walsh has the backing of the AFL-CIO, a group of 55 labor unions that represent 12.5 million American workers. On Thursday, the president of that group, Richard Trumka, tweeted his support for Walsh, writing:

“Boston Mayor @marty_walsh will be an exceptional labor secretary for the same reason he was an outstanding mayor: he carried the tools.”

Randi Weingarten, who serves as president of the American Federation of Teachers, which is a part of the AFL-CIO, said:

“I think Marty Walsh is a great idea for labor secretary.”

Weingarten said her parent organization sent a list of preferred candidates to Biden’s transition team for consideration. Walsh was on that list.

The 53-year-old also was backed by Lee Saunders, who is the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. That organization is one of the largest unions that’s a part of the AFL-CIO. It has more than 1.4 million members.

Saunders released a statement in support of Walsh Thursday, saying:

“After four long years of brazen hostility toward working people, the Labor Department will now have leadership that is true to its mission and purpose. Mayor Walsh is one of us. He cut his teeth in the union movement.”

While these prominent labor officials are apparently all for Walsh, his record isn’t completely clean. The Boston Herald recently published an article that read:

“But the mayor’s administration has had labor-related dust-ups, most recently regarding the federal criminal charges related to accusations that his top lieutenants pressured the Boston Calling music festival organizers to use union labor. Two Walsh administration high-ups were convicted — before a judge then threw out the decisions and acquitted them both.

“Earlier in Walsh’s tenure, his administration took flak for connections to four Teamsters charged with threatening ‘Top Chef’ employees over that show’s use of non-union workers. Testimony entwined Walsh’s City Hall in that scandal, but the mayor claimed vindication after the jury found the Teamsters not guilty in 2017.

“If Walsh does go to Washington, City Council President Kim Janey would become the acting mayor. She’d be the first woman and first person of color to sit in the big office on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall. It would also open the floodgates in the 2021 mayoral race, which already has drawn two high-profile challengers in the city councilors Andrea Campbell and Michelle Wu.”

All of those accusations certainly sound similar to mob-like pressuring by Walsh’s top officials. Sounds like the perfect fit for a Biden administration, doesn’t it?