Joe Biden

Statement on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh

February 17, 2023

Marty Walsh is one tough union chief. His record at the Department of Labor is a testament to the power of putting a card-carrying union member in charge of fighting for American workers. Marty has gone to bat for working families every day, and with his help, this administration has helped workers recover from a historic economic downturn and launch a new era of worker power.

Through Marty's leadership, this administration has helped unions secure a historic pay raise for rail workers, continued the fight for paid sick days for all American workers, strengthened workplace protections, and ushered in a historic surge in union organizing. He knows that unions make us all stronger, no matter what we do or where we come from.

My dad used to say that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck; it's about dignity, and it's about respect. Few people understand that more than Marty. I thank Marty for his work, which has made life better for millions of working Americans and will serve as a model for all future Labor Secretaries who truly value American working people.

Joseph R. Biden, Statement on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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