Miller Center

Ray Marshall

Speaker: Ray Marshall
Date: May 4, 1988
In this brief interview session, Ray Marshall discusses politics and policymaking in the Labor Department during the Carter presidency. He begins with his decision to join the administration as Labor Secretary and his initial discussions with Carter on the priorities of the department, including changes to OSHA regulations, a jobs program, and hiring of women and minorities. Marshall discusses the organization of the Labor Department and key staffing decisions. He describes his interactions with Carter and with labor leaders, and highlights the often contentious relationship between Carter and AFL-CIO President George Meany. He also examines his work on key labor policies during his tenure, including inflation, the coal strike, and a lengthy discussion on minimum wage. Marshall concludes with some general thoughts on the role of the Labor Secretary, which he believes should be as a consensus builder between government, business, and organized labor.