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Biden says labor secretary will encourage unionization

·1 min read

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said his labor secretary nominee, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, understands that unions built the American middle class and will encourage unionization.

"Marty understands, like I do, that the middle class built this country and unions built the middle class," Biden said. "He sees how union workers have been holding this country together during this crisis."

Biden said he had considered nominating former Democratic presidential rival Senator Bernie Sanders to the post but they both agreed control of the U.S. Senate was important to maintain. (Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)