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Biden’s Labor Secretary Pick Linked to Union Extortion Allegations

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jan 18, 2021.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to helm the department of labor has been linked to allegations of union extortion over the past decade.

    Despite his ties to both Biden and labor leaders, Walsh’s links to allegations of strong arm union tactics and extortion could upend his nomination.

    In August 2019, two high profile members of the mayor’s administration were convicted for allegedly violating federal law. Timothy Sullivan, Walsh’s former director of intergovernmental affairs, and Kenneth Brissette, the onetime head of Boston’s office of tourism, sports, and entertainment, were accused of conspiracy and extortion relating to a planned 2014 music festival.

    According to court documents, Sullivan and Brissette allegedly extorted a music festival production company between June and September 2014. At the time, the firm was awaiting the issuance of city permits required to host its event. The company was also seeking an agreement from Walsh’s administration to to use the city-owned property for other events in the coming years.

    Biden’s Labor Secretary Pick Linked to Union Extortion Allegations