March 23, 2021 Press Releases

Release: Arizona Democratic Party Applauds the Confirmation of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh as Biden Administration Secretary of Labor

ADP Announces Formation of Labor Council

PHOENIX — Today, the United States Senate confirmed President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, with the support of both of Arizona’s United States Senators.

“I’m glad to see someone in there that working people can relate to, who knows our struggles and the importance of labor in our workplaces and in our communities,” said USW Retiree Gene Fisher. Walsh began his career as a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, eventually being elected President of LIUNA Local 223 and Secretary-Treasurer of the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council.

“After years of mismanagement, it’s a relief to have a Secretary of Labor on the side of working Americans,” said Yolanda Bejarano, a member of CWA. Before being confirmed as Secretary of Labor, Walsh was a member of the Massachusetts legislature and was Mayor of Boston.

Additionally, union members involved in Arizona politics took the occasion to announce the launch of an Arizona Democratic Party Labor Council.

“The goal of the Arizona Democratic Party Labor Council is to advocate for pro-worker policies, support both workplace and political organizing, and provide training and guidance to any Arizona Democrat who wants to get involved,” said Paul Stapleton-Smith, a member of IATSE and First Vice-Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. Bejarano and Fisher will be taking on the roles of co-chair of the Labor Council.