Filing: Ex-Boston mayor knew of abuse claims against top cop
BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was aware of decades-old domestic violence allegations against the city's now embattled top cop before picking him to lead the department, the police commissioner's predecessor told a court this week. The statement came in a case brought by Dennis White, who is urging a court to block the city from firing him as police commissioner after placing him on leave in February. A judge heard arguments in the case on Thursday but didn’t immediately issue a ruling. Walsh, now secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, denies having any knowledge of the allegations before picking White for the top job in January.
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh made several stops in Milwaukee Wednesday to rally support for the Biden administration's $1.7 trillion infrastructure proposal called the American Jobs Plan.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, center, tours Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council at 733 W. Historic Mitchell St. in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Walsh was visiting Milwaukee to discuss the American Jobs Plan with workers and business, labor, state and local leaders. Wednesday’s event was among several Milwaukee stops for Walsh.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, left, talks with U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh during a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Voces de la Frontera & Milwaukee Area Labor Council during one of his Milwaukee stops.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, left, meets with Christine Neumann-Ortiz at Voces de la Frontera and Milwaukee Area Labor Council at 733 W. Historic Mitchell St. in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Walsh was visiting Milwaukee to discuss American Jobs Plan with workers and business, labor, state and local leaders.
Alondra Garcia, left, talks about the challenges of being a new teacher and teaching in person and remotely during the pandemic on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Voces de la Frontera and Milwaukee Area Labor Council during the visit by U.S. Department of Labor Marty Walsh.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Voces de la Frontera and Milwaukee Area Labor Council.
A crowd gathers for a commemorative photo with U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, third from right, following his tour and panel discussion on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Voces de la Frontera and Milwaukee Area Labor Council.
The plan faces an uphill battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republican opponents have raised concerns about the plan's costs, funding sources and inclusion of elements that are not traditionally considered infrastructure.
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Mass. Democrats Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Seth Moulton are looking for answers about if Labor Secretary Marty Walsh knew about domestic violence allegations against Boston police commissioner Dennis White, The Boston Globe reported. © Scott Eisen/Getty Images Labor secretary faces questions from Democrats in police chief controversy Walsh, who served as Boston mayor from 2014 until earlier this year, appointed White on Jan. 28.
© Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, center, tours Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council at 733 W. Historic Mitchell St. in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Walsh was visiting Milwaukee to discuss the American Jobs Plan with workers and business, labor, state and local leaders. Wednesday’s event was among several Milwaukee stops for Walsh.
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Walsh compared the American Jobs Plan to the Great Depression-era New Deal, saying, "The last time we had a movement like this was when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president."
Wisconsin has been more successful at addressing the nation's slow return to employment than other states, coming with the ninth lowest unemployment rate in the country in April.
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Labor Secretary Martin Walsh has denied he was aware of domestic violence allegations against the Boston Police commissioner when he appointed him to that position. Walsh tapped Dennis White for the job shortly after being nominated for labor secretary early this year. © Graeme Jennings/Pool/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Labor secretary nominee Marty Walsh testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. Walsh was previously the mayor of Boston.
Walsh said the key to maintaining that growth is enacting the American Jobs Plan, and he highlighted concerns over child care availability and the need for living wages to push back on GOP criticism that the infrastructure bill is too broad.
Child care identified as a key
Child care struggles dominated a roundtable talk at Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, a nonprofit that provides training and serves as an intermediary between apprentices and employers.
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Walsh was joined by the organization's president and CEO, Lindsay Blumer, as well as County Executive David Crowley, Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.
Roundtable participants emphasized the need for more industry diversity and more child care support.
One worker expressed frustration with the benefits cliff she experienced once she began making more money during her apprenticeship.
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The still-unfolding episode could test Walsh’s standing in the distraction-averse Biden administration.A leadership transition gone awry inside the Boston Police Department devolved into finger-pointing between Walsh and the city’s former police commissioner this week, and now Walsh’s biggest labor backers in Washington have gone silent.
"So now I'm paying the full cost of child care and there's someone on W-2 getting all of their child care subsidized," Shantel Collins, a LiUNA! Local 113 laborer, WRTP graduate and mother of two, said tearing up.
Despite national calls from Republicans to tighten unemployment insurance distribution, including Wisconsin's reinstatement of the job searching requirement for unemployment benefit recipients, Walsh rejected the idea that the enhanced payments are to blame for the country's labor shortage. Instead, he pointed to coronavirus concerns and issues around wages and child care.
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"I don't buy that," he later said. "I think people want to get back to work."
Walsh also said the lack of child care affordability and living wages will continue to be an impediment to get Americans back to work.
"I think we're going to have to have a bigger conversation about wages," he said. "That's why the president is interested in pushing a $15-an-hour minimum wage."
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The Biden administration has allocated $225 billion in its American Families Plan for child care subsidies, and child care will also be an element of the American Jobs Plan.
Immigration and citizenship rights
Walsh met with members of Voces de la Frontera, a community rights group, as well as members of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council for a discussion on immigrant workers’ rights.
Six essential workers, union members and immigrant rights activists
two propositions for Walsh: Citizenship for all, especially immigrant essential workers, to be included in the next coronavirus relief bill and to ensure tworkers have protections against retaliation based on immigration status when their rights are violated.
“Immigration is fundamentally an issue about workers’ rights,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de La Frontera.
The speakers included people like Alondra Garcia, a teacher, and her father Gilberto Garcia, an essential worker in the food industry. The two reflected on how difficult it was to work through the pandemic when Gilbert Garcia contracted COVID-19 in his job and was forced to stay home from work without pay.
“My parents can’t apply for unemployment,” Alondra Garcia said.
Walsh vowed to push for a pathway to citizenship in the bill as well as protections for workers.
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Beach volleyball icon Kerri Walsh Jennings fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics .
The most decorated beach volleyball player of all time will not be part of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. An upset loss at a tournament in the Czech Republic on Wednesday doomed Kerri Walsh Jennings’ bid to reach her sixth Olympics at age 42. Walsh Jennings and partner Brooke Sweat needed to finish third or better at the J&T Banka Ostrava Beach Open to keep hope alive of qualifying for Tokyo. The early loss ensures that Walsh Jennings and Sweat cannot overtake fellow Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil on the international tour point list. Claes and Sponcil clinched one of two U.S. berths in Tokyo, joining medal contenders April Ross and Alix Klineman.