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On Tuesday, it was discovered that U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will be stepping down from his role in the Biden administration as the president is just hours away from taking the national stage for the State of the Union.

Walsh, who took his position as Labor Secretary in March 2021 after serving as the mayor of Boston for seven years, has been tapped to be the executive director of the National Hockey League’s Players Association.

Walsh will be the first and only member of the Biden cabinet to step down from his position, however, with growing concern about DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ handling of the southern border, that may not be the case for long.

The former Boston mayor’s departure will cost Biden ample connections to organized labor as well as a major fundraiser. Throughout 2022, Walsh visited 39 states to meet with workers and tout Biden’s supposed accomplishments, as reported by Bloomberg Law.


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Deputy Secretary Julie Su is expected to take over Walsh’s post as acting secretary until President Biden nominates another person for the top job at the Labor Department.

Throughout his tenure, Walsh advocated for unions and workers throughout America. Notably, he joined a picket line with workers in Pennsylvania against Kellogg in 2021.

Additionally, he was instrumental in the negotiating process with train freight workers late last year which nearly resulted in the shutdown of America’s rails.

As President Biden prepares for his State of the Union address, the news of a prominent ally stepping down from his post is likely the last thing the president wants on his mind.

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