Biden’s union-aligned labor secretary pick puts worker flexibility at risk

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The peaceful transition of power is a cornerstone of American representative government for the continuity it provides.

Yet, that doesn’t make everything associated with the transition completely seamless. For workers and employers across the country, every change in administration brings new uncertainty about what new policy shifts are coming their way. It’s a sobering reminder of the impact of Washington’s power on the day-to-day lives of millions in the United States.

Over the last four years, the push at the Department of Labor has been to protect flexibility for independent contractors, commitment to working on program integrity, promoting price transparency, and other prudent labor measures. If President Biden’s pick for labor secretary, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, gets confirmed, these priorities could be at risk.