OPCMIA Praises Choice of Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

General President Daniel Stepano

On behalf of the OPCMIA’s 56,000 members, I enthusiastically applaud President-Elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor.

We are proud to call Secretary-Designate Walsh our brother. Our members in the Boston area worked closely with him when he served as President of the Metropolitan District Labor Council. And they have benefited from his bold, progressive leadership as Mayor, where he helped rebuild Boston’s middle class, with over 100,000 new jobs, thousands of low-income workers lifted into good careers, and a statewide $15 minimum wage and paid family leave.

As a second generation Laborer and member of Local 223 since the age of 21, Secretary-Designate Walsh brings to the Labor Department the urgently-needed perspective of a lifelong trade unionist. He will restore to the Department its essential role as a defender of collective bargaining and other workers’ rights, and an advocate for the well-being of all workers. He will beef up enforcement of labor law. And he will revive the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to properly protect the lives and well-being of our members and all who toil in dangerous jobs and crafts.

Secretary-Designate Walsh has never forgotten where he same from, what values he stands for and who he fights for. We look forward to closely working with him and we urge the Senate to swiftly confirm him to this vital Cabinet position.

Daniel E. Stepano
General President