Marty Walsh is counting on labor to lift him from state representative to mayor of Boston — and labor is counting on Walsh to win.
What that means for both is something voters should think about, as Monday’s Labor Day breakfast made clear.
Attending the city’s annual event can feel like entering a time capsule from a previous era. In the broad accent of old Boston, union leaders denounce corporate greed, passionately lobby for workers’ rights, and embrace politicians who promote their cause.
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, who both spoke at the breakfast, were each helped on election day by support from labor. This election cycle, it’s all about Walsh, the candidate who resigned as head of the Boston Building Trades to run for mayor and promises to wear his record “of fighting for working people as a badge of honor.”
“Walsh for Mayor” signs dominated the landscape at the Park Plaza Hotel, where the breakfast was held. As they passed out scrambled eggs, servers wore buttons declaring their support for Walsh. “Welcome to Ross country,” quipped City Councilor Michael Ross, one of several mayoral candidates who braved what was essentially a Walsh campaign rally.
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