President-elect Biden Taps Long-Time Union Member to Lead Department of Labor

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will put America’s workers first as our Secretary of Labor

MILWAUKEE, WI, Jan. 7, 2021 -- Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Marty Walsh to serve as U.S. Labor Secretary:

At a time when America’s working people are facing increased dangers and stresses on the job due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic which has infected and killed thousands as a result of workplace exposure, President-elect Joe Biden has selected a true champion of labor who can get the job done as Secretary of Labor.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has carried a union card for over three decades and knows that strong unions and the freedom to collectively bargain is the engine that drives a successful and equitable American economy. Mayor Walsh knows what it takes to keep workers safe on the job, which includes passing a workplace infectious disease standard. He will prioritize fair wages and a better workplace for all.

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to be the “strongest labor president” in American history. He has begun by selecting an exceptional Labor Secretary in Marty Walsh. Wisconsin’s working people look forward to building back better with investments in manufacturing and infrastructure and to an America where every worker has the freedom to come together in union free of intimidation and fear with the passage of the PRO Act.