President-elect Joe Biden announced Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his pick for Labor secretary. That signals a union-first approach to labor policy, predicts Sean Higgins, Competitive Enterprise Institute labor policy expert.
“Joe Biden’s choice of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor secretary is moderate only in comparison to the other radical individuals reportedly considered for the cabinet position. Walsh simultaneously served as president of Laborers Local 223 in Boston and in the state legislature, and he saw no conflict in using his elected office to advance union interests first. That’s reason to expect he will bring the same mindset to the Labor Department, putting union interests above the interests of all workers.