Citing two unnamed sources familiar with the situation, the Associated Press reported on Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden plans to appoint Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Walsh is reportedly a personal friend of Biden, who presided over the mayor’s second inauguration in 2018.
According to the AP, Walsh “has a long history with labor,” referencing his former role as president of Laborers Local 223. He also served in the state legislature for more than a decade while holding senior positions with Boston’s Building and Construction Trades Council, which the outlet described as “a union umbrella organization.”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka reportedly started reaching out to fellow union bosses in November to support Walsh’s nomination. He tweeted that Walsh “will be an exceptional labor secretary for the same reason he was an outstanding mayor: he carried the tools.”
The AFL-CIO is a federation of 55 unions representing more than 12.5 million workers across America.