Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is expected to resign to become executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), becoming the first member of President Biden’s Cabinet to do so, according to sources who spoke to The Washington Post on Tuesday.
Walsh’s impending departure, which has been circulating in Washington for several days, was first reported by the Daily Faceoff, according to a report by The New York Post.
The White House and Labor Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Washington Post.
The NHLPA has been looking for a new executive director to replace current executive director Donald Fehr, who has led the union since 2010.
The Players Association’s executive board met last week in Miami to discuss their options ahead of the NHL All-Star Game, and a formal vote of the 32 player representatives is expected in the coming days.
The Daily Faceoff reported that Walsh is negotiating a contract with the NHLPA that will allow him to return to his hometown of Boston and earn around $3 million per year — a significant increase from the labor secretary’s current salary of $221,400.
Walsh, 55, served in the Massachusetts Legislature for nearly two decades before becoming mayor of Boston from 2014 to 2021 and then joining Biden’s administration.
With the current labor agreement set to expire after the 2025-26 season, he is expected to lead the NHLPA into the next round of collective bargaining.
Despite being a relatively low-profile member of Biden’s team, Walsh came to public attention 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, leading to the passage of White House-backed legislation late last year requiring workers to accept the deal regardless.
Biden’s administration has been far more stable than that of his predecessor, Donald Trump. On January 20, Biden completed two years in office without a single departure, whereas Trump’s presidency saw seven changes.
The rate of turnover among senior-level executive branch staff can have a significant impact on the White House’s day-to-day performance—and even shape the very nature of a presidency. The Brookings Institution is now monitoring staffing changes in President Biden’s administration, as it did for Donald Trump.
We provide two sets of resources below to help measure and contextualize this turnover.
The first set of resources, listed below, tracks turnover among senior-ranking advisers in the president’s executive office (excluding Cabinet secretaries); the second set of resources tracks turnover in the Cabinet.