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Labor Relations Radio, Ep. 56: The State of the Union, Marty Walsh's Exit & Who Is Julie Su?

An anti-gig economy advocate may be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor

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Who will replace U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh?

As President Biden gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, one individual was conspicuously absent—U.S. Labor Secretary (and “designated survivor”) Marty Walsh.

Walsh is reportedly going to be leaving the Biden administration to join the ‘One Percent’ by taking a $3 million per year job as the Executive Director of the National Hockey League’s Players Association.

As Walsh will be (presumably) stepping down soon, the question of who will be is replacement becomes apparent.

One likely candidate to replace Walsh is Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su, a controversial enforcer of California’s devastating AB5, and opponent of the gig economy.

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Su is (in part) responsible for the Department of Labor’s attempt to redefine independent contractors to, as much as possible, emulate California’s ‘ABC-Test’—which is encapsulated in AB5.

With 39% of the U.S. workforce, or 60 million Americans, engaging in some type of freelance or gig work, California freelance writer and leader of Freelancers Against AB5 Karen Anderson joins host Peter List to give some background about Julie Su’s abysmal record in California.


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