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Marty Walsh expected to step down as labor secretary to lead NHL players’ union: reports

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Washington — Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is expected to leave the Biden administration to become executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, according to multiple reports.

According to a Feb. 7 report published on DailyFaceoff.com, Walsh will need approval from at least 18 of the 32 player representatives (one for each team in the NHL), but that’s expected to be a simple “formality.” The website adds that an official announcement of Walsh’s hiring could come this week. 

Walsh has served as the 29th labor secretary since March 2021, after seven-plus years working as the mayor of Boston. Before his two terms as mayor, Walsh joined Laborers’ Union Local 223 at age 21 and later led the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council. He also served more than 16 years as a Massachusetts state representative.

Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su will likely take on the role of acting secretary once Walsh steps down. Su is a former secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

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