On Friday, President Joe Biden announced the resignation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, the third departure from his cabinet since taking office in 2021. Walsh, a card-carrying union member, has been a champion for working families since joining the Department of Labor. His tenure as mayor of Boston from 2014 to 2021, and his time heading Boston’s Building and Construction Trades Council in 2011 to 2013, have made him a powerful advocate for workers.
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Biden praised Walsh in a statement, saying “Marty has fought for working families every day, and with his assistance, our government has assisted workers in emerging from a historic economic depression and ushering in a new age of worker power.” He also highlighted Walsh’s efforts to secure a historic pay raise for rail workers, fight for paid sick days for all American workers, strengthen workplace protections, and usher in a surge in union organizing.
The president went on to thank Walsh for his work and dedication to American working people. “My dad used to tell me that a job meant more than a paycheck, it’s about respect and it’s about dignity. Few people know that more than Marty. Marty’s efforts, which has improved the lives of millions of working Americans, will serve as an example for all future Labor Secretary who really cherish American workers.”
The NHL Players’ Association is poised to welcome Walsh as its leader, and Biden has not yet revealed who will take over his position. Walsh is the third member of Biden’s cabinet to depart since his inauguration, following the resignation of Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander in February 2022 and the recent exit of Chief of Staff Ron Klain. Several other prominent non-cabinet members of the administration have also either left or announced their intentions to do so, including White House press secretary Jen Psaki, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond, , and top economic adviser Brian Deese.
Marty Walsh has been an invaluable asset to the Biden administration and will be missed by many. His commitment to fighting for American workers will be remembered and serve as an example for future Labor Secretaries. As he moves on to lead the NHL Players’ Association, he leaves behind a legacy of advocacy and progress for working families.
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