In first week, Walsh talks about unions, jobsite inspectors, COVID-19 standard

Walsh’s comments came as President Joe Biden’s administration vowed to focus on its $3 trillion Build Back Better infrastructure push, fresh off passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan earlier in March. As an appointee of Biden, who has pledged himself to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen,” Walsh, a former labor organizer himself, highlighted his own affinity for unions. “If you look at the decline of the middle class and you look at the decline of the labor movement, there’s a correlation between the two of them,” Walsh told PBS. “And I think that when you see more people joining unions and getting into them, you’ll see more people in the middle class.”

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