President-elect Joe Biden has picked Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a former top union leader, to serve as his Labor secretary. Biden was widely expected to choose a Labor Department head who enjoyed the support of unions, given the president-elect’s long-standing ties with labor leaders, his support for union organizing and the role the agency will play in implementing the pro-union agenda he campaigned on.

Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the following statement on the nomination:

“Mayor Walsh knows the important role the construction industry plays in our economy, and Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with a leader who has an extensive career in construction and experience in local government. The Department of Labor’s mission is essential in ensuring the safety, equitable treatment and advancement of all American workers without needlessly hindering economic growth. Over the coming months, it will be critical to help companies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, expand job training and careers in construction for displaced workers, and create safe and healthy jobsites benefitting America’s workforce, infrastructure and economy.”

ABC will be providing more information on this nomination, until then please view House Education and Labor Committee Ranking Member Virginia Foxx’s (R-NC) statement here: