Another member of the Biden administration is leaving.
Marty Walsh, the Biden administration’s labor secretary, announced his departure on Tuesday.
Walsh’s resignation would be part of a larger reorganization within the Biden administration as it enters the final months of its first term and gets ready for a potential reelection campaign.
Walsh, a former union official who oversaw the Building and Construction Trades Council in Boston, is about to go back to his origins in organized labor after considering running for office again in his native Massachusetts.
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In several of the administration’s confrontations with organized labor, Walsh had a prominent role. In September, he mediated a last-minute agreement between freight rail carriers and unions and traveled to the West Coast as port workers renegotiated their employment contracts.
But the results have been inconsistent: the railroad issue eventually required congressional intervention, and West Coast port negotiations are still ongoing.
Just one week after Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, resigned, Walsh’s departure was announced.
Klain began sobbing as he spoke about the “best souvenir I got in two years as White House chief of staff,” last week during his goodbye address.
“It’s always symbolized to me the fact that this team has been rock-solid.”