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ATU applauds President-Elect Biden’s Nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as U.S. Labor Secretary

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President John Costa released the following statement regarding President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as U.S. Labor Secretary: 

“The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) applauds President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor and former union leader Marty Walsh to be the next Secretary of Labor. In choosing the union card-carrying Walsh to head a department tasked with administering and strengthening the nation’s labor and employment laws and protecting our workers, President-elect Biden has shown his support for labor unions. Mayor Walsh understands firsthand the struggles of the working class and has fought tirelessly to improve the rights and conditions of working people and their families.

“In Boston, Mayor Walsh has been an ally to our members of Local 589-Boston, MA. He has fought and stopped efforts to privatize the bus system. Mayor Walsh also stood with our Local and members, holding a press conference, to stop proposed service cuts to the T, which saved our members’ jobs. We knew we had a friend in Marty Walsh.

“As the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada, we look forward to immediately working with Mayor Walsh to develop COVID safety and health (OSHA) standards to help our frontline transit workers who have been hit hard by the deadly virus, with more than 100 members who have passed away. We also hope to work with him to rebuild and bolster the DOL’s program to enforce labor protections for transit workers, which has been decimated by the current administration.  Finally, we know that Mr. Walsh will be a great spokesperson for President Biden in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which will crack down on companies that interfere with workers’ organizing efforts.”