WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh unveiled the Department of Labor’s “Good Jobs” initiative, a coordinated effort by Biden-Harris administration to improve job quality nationwide, during a speech today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 90th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

In remarks, Secretary Walsh addressed labor dynamics, including explaining the underlying factors driving workers across the country to seek out better work opportunities. “This is not a trend spread evenly across our economy. High quit rates are concentrated in industries with the lowest wages; the highest exposure to COVID; and workers who are disproportionately women, people of color, and immigrants,” said Secretary Walsh. “It’s an issue of job quality and it’s an issue of equity.” 

Walsh touted the department’s “Good Jobs” initiative as a way for the department to partner with other governments, including mayors, and private employers to improve job quality and address the needs of workers. “You know the needs in your community. You know your employers and your workforce. We can be the bridge to help you create good jobs. That’s going to help you grow your local economies, and it’s going to help our nation meet this moment,” the Secretary said.

Since being sworn in 10 months ago, Secretary Walsh has visited more than 30 U.S. states and 60 cities as Secretary, giving him a unique perspective on the issues facing America’s mayors. Today’s remarks also included his views on the state of labor dynamics in America, and comments on topics such as public safety, climate change, affordable housing and economic mobility.

The following media is available of the Secretary’s keynote address:

Photos:           Secretary Walsh addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 90th Winter Meeting

Video clip:      Secretary Walsh announces the Good Jobs initiative.

Video clip:      Secretary Walsh reflects on department’s progress in 2021.

Video clip:      Secretary Walsh’s full keynote address.

Transcript:      Text of Secretary’s keynote address (as prepared for delivery).

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