Marty Walsh set to be first to quit Biden Cabinet — for NHLPA job
WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is expected to resign to become executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association — making him the first member of President Biden’s Cabinet to leave his post.
Walsh’s looming departure, a widespread rumor in Washington over recent days, was first reported Tuesday by the Daily Faceoff, a hockey publication.
The White House and Labor Department did not immediately respond to The Post’s requests for comment.
The Daily Faceoff reported that the NHLPA’s search committee recommended Walsh as the replacement for Donald Fehr during a meeting of the union’s executive board held in Miami last week ahead of the NHL All-Star Game. A formal vote of the league’s 32 player representatives is expected in the coming days.
The outlet also reported that Walsh is negotiating a contract with the NHLPA that will allow him to move back to his hometown of Boston and earn around $3 million per year — a sizable increase from the $221,400 per annum the labor secretary currently makes.
Walsh, 55, was a member of Massachusetts’ state legislature for nearly two decades before serving as Boston’s mayor from 2014 to 2021 and then joining Biden’s administration.
Although a relatively low-profile member of Biden’s team, Walsh gained the spotlight last year during failed negotiations with railway unions to avoid a strike.
Some unions rejected a Biden administration-brokered deal citing a continued lack of paid sick days, resulting in passage of White House-backed legislation late last year to force workers to take the deal anyhow.
Biden’s Cabinet has been much more stable than his predecessor Donald Trump’s. Biden completed two years in office on Jan. 20 without a single departure — while seven changes took place during the same period of Trump’s presidency.