Laborers International Union of North America Local 223 (Laborers Local 223) is a construction union located in Dorchester, Massachusetts. It is an affiliate of the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) and is notable for being led by members of the family of Boston Mayor and Biden administration nominee for Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh.
In 2018 the union spent $39,176 on automobile expenses, $29,695 on union apparel, and $57,698 on meeting expenses.
The union is closely tied to the Walsh family, the most prominent member of which is Martin J. Walsh, the 54th Mayor of Boston, Biden administration nominee for Secretary of Labor, former Massachusetts state legislator, and former head of both Laborers Local 223 and the Boston Building Trades Council. Martin’s father Joe and his uncle Patrick built the union into a Massachusetts political powerhouse that observers credited with elevating former Obama administration official and Harvard University academic Elizabeth Warren to the United States Senate.
His cousin, Martin F. Walsh, is as of 2019 the business manager and treasurer of Local 223. In 2019, Walsh received $262,845 in gross salary for his services with $21,082 disbursed for his official business.
Two other persons named Walsh hold positions with the union: Patrick Walsh and Colleen Walsh. Colleen is listed as an office manager paid over $100,000 in gross salary while Patrick is union president and paid almost $67,000. Martin F. Walsh has children by both of those names.
In 1999 William F. Rae, Jr., at the time a member of Local 223, sued the union alleging that the union engaged in a tortious interference between Raw and his employer, Morganti, Inc., and engaged in intentional infliction of emotional distress. Rae claimed that the members of the union disliked him and wished to remove him as the foreman from a project the union entered with Morganti. The Superior Court of Massachusetts rejected a union request to dismiss the case.
In 2015, Martin F. Walsh, during a community discussion regarding Boston potentially hosting the 2024 Olympics, at which his cousin the mayor of Boston was present, responded to a woman’s question in opposition to Olympics related construction and development due to concerns about the displacement of low-income residents by calling her a “fucking piece of shit.”