Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on Departure of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the news that Labor Secretary Marty Walsh was leaving his position to head up the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

“Marty Walsh has labor in his bones, and he proudly championed the nation’s workers in Washington just as he’s done throughout his life and career. 

“Marty was the first labor secretary from—and of—the union movement. Like a modern-day Frances Perkins, Marty had the president’s ear and understood that the role of labor law and the Labor Department is to help workers and their families improve their lives.

“Marty helped solve labor crises big and small: from safety to supply chain issues to wages and pensions, all of which were vital during the pandemic and its aftershocks.

“I am so proud that Marty is continuing his labor journey as head of the NHLPA. North America’s hockey pros, Boston Bruins players among them, could not ask for a more dedicated and committed advocate.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.