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March 22, 2021

As a former union member himself, Marty Walsh will bring the Department of Labor back to its main purpose of lifting the rights and power of workers. Throughout his career, he has done incredible work tackling the inequities faced by working families and rebuilding the middle class. He has championed issues such as raising the minimum wage, instituting stronger worker protections, and expanding paid family leave.

It is important that the Secretary of Labor is dedicated to strengthening the federal government’s response to the pandemic, including tougher worker protection standards, renewed paid family-leave benefits, and expanded access to unemployment insurance. Workers cannot afford more inaction as the coronavirus continues to rampage through workplaces and workers are falling ill or dying due to their employers lack of protection. The COVID pandemic has also shown just how important it is that workers have a voice on the job and be able to organize and join unions to fight for their rights, and Walsh has made clear that he will work to strengthen worker power. And more specifically, he has committed to ensuring that workers employed by federal contractors, including those covered by the Service Contract Act, are treated fairly and are able to exercise their rights on the job. There is no doubt that Walsh will fight tirelessly for the best interest of workers and ensure all workers are protected, both during and after the pandemic. 

This is Good for working people.

Vote result:

YEAs: 68 | NAYs: 29
Legislator Sort descending State Party Vote
Sen. Tammy Baldwin WI Democrat Yes
Sen. John Barrasso WY Republican No
Sen. Michael Bennet CO Democrat Yes
Sen. Marsha Blackburn TN Republican Not Voting
Sen. Richard Blumenthal CT Democrat Yes
Sen. Roy Blunt MO Republican Yes
Sen. Cory Booker NJ Democrat Yes
Sen. John Boozman AR Republican No
Sen. Mike Braun IN Republican No
Sen. Sherrod Brown OH Democrat Yes
Sen. Richard M. Burr NC Republican Yes
Sen. Maria Cantwell WA Democrat Yes
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito WV Republican Yes
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin MD Democrat Yes
Sen. Thomas R. Carper DE Democrat Yes
Sen. Bob Casey PA Democrat Yes
Sen. Bill Cassidy LA Republican Yes
Sen. Susan Collins ME Republican Yes
Sen. Christopher A. Coons DE Democrat Yes
Sen. John Cornyn TX Republican Yes