President-elect Joe Biden has selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a former union leader, as his labor secretary, according to two sources. This ended a selection process that divided the labor movement and raised Democratic concerns about diversity.
Walsh suggested a number of other names, including Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.), Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Seth Harris, California Secretary of Labor Julie Su, and AFL-CIO’s Chief Economist Bill Spriggs. His selection suggests that since Walsh is a white male and Asian American and Pacific islanders had been a strong advocate of Su, Biden was willing to overlook calls for a choice of diversity. Spriggs is black.
It was widely expected that Biden would elect a Head of Labor Department with the support of the unions, as the elected president has long been associated with union leaders, supports the right to organize and plays the key role the agency plays in the implementation of the comprehensive Pro-worker will play the agenda on which he fought.