Biden’s Pick for Labor Secretary Has Union-First History

The Senate is expected to soon confirm President Biden’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Labor, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. CEI labor policy expert Sean Higgins warns that, judging from the past, the incoming secretary will prioritize union interests – which often don’t align with worker interests.

“Marty Walsh saw no conflict of interest in remaining the head of his union local while also serving in the Massachusetts legislature and using his elected office as a means to benefit the union,” Higgins explained. “There is little reason to believe that as Labor Secretary he will act any differently.

“Should the Biden administration succeed in getting the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) through the Senate, Walsh will have all of the tools necessary to radically tilt the playing field in favor of the Democratic Party’s union allies.”