NLC Applauds President-elect Biden’s Nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to Lead U.S. Department of Labor

January 7, 2021 - (2 min read)

Washington, D.C. – Today, National League of Cities (NLC) Executive Director and CEO Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement following President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Boston, Massachusetts Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor:

“We applaud President-elect Biden’s nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as the next U.S. Labor Secretary – a cabinet position that is vital to our nation’s economic recovery. As mayor of Boston, one of our nation’s largest cities and an important regional hub, Mayor Walsh deeply understands the importance of supporting America’s workers and their families, particularly during the current public health crisis that has made workplace health and safety a priority for local leaders across the country.

“As more residents in our nation’s communities prepare to re-enter the workforce after historic levels of unemployment, we encourage the Biden administration to promote apprenticeship programs, expand financial aid programs for workforce skills training and create new pathways to successful careers for unemployed and underemployed Americans. We are confident that Mayor Walsh’s experience leading one of our nation’s premiere cities will help the Biden administration empower local workforce solutions, streamline federal funding and drive new resources into proven solutions to ensure that all of the residents in our nation’s cities, towns and villages have opportunities to thrive.”

NLC’s Leading Together 2020 Cities Agenda is a nonpartisan picture of the critical issues facing America’s residents and local elected leaders. More information about the 2020 Cities Agenda and NLC’s policy priorities for the first 100 days of the new administration is available here.


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