President Joe Biden’s White House, for the first time since he took office, has experienced several high-level staffing changes and shake-ups that are raising eyebrows in Washington D.C.
According to Breitbart, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is the latest high-profile member of the Biden administration to call it quits.
Walsh will exit his post in government service to enter the much more lucrative private sector, where he’s set to take a position heading up the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA).
Reportedly, the hockey organization had only considered Walsh for the job within the past few weeks. Apparently, Walsh took the offer much more seriously once he wasn’t selected to replace the outgoing White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
Show me the money
The circumstances that led to Walsh accepting the offer happened quickly. It was reported that Walsh received the “green light” after one meeting with the NHLPA executive board.
It’s also not difficult to understand why Walsh is high-tailing it out of Biden’s White House.
Aside from the scandals and numerous fires that the administration can’t seem to put out, salary appears as if it could be the deciding factor.
In his Cabinet position, Walsh was pulling down roughly $235,000 annually. As the executive director of the NHLPA, should the board vote him in for the job, Walsh is expected to make $3 million annually.
That’s a lifestyle change, even for a Washington D.C. insider.
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Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su will become the Labor Department’s acting head after Walsh leaves. The Cabinet-level position requires Senate confirmation, which could take a while.
Su was heavily criticized by major players in the gig worker economy, like Uber and Lyft, over her approach to the gig economy versus that of Walsh, Politico reported.
“Secretary Walsh recognized gig workers as an important part of the workforce with a unique need for flexible work,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “It’s critical that the next Labor Secretary recognize the value of gig work. Unfortunately, Deputy Secretary Su’s history in California raises questions about whether she would respect the will of gig workers who wish to remain independent.”
Walsh is the first Cabinet official to resign from Biden’s White House.