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Roundtable Convenes “Workplace Return” Town Hall Next Week with U.S. Labor Secretary; Industry Coalition Urges Full Capitol Hill Reopening
March 12, 2022
Labor Secretary Martin Walsh

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Martin Walsh will address back-to-the-workplace issues in a March 18 virtual town hall with Roundtable members. Participants will also include Roundtable Chair John Fish (Chairman and CEO, Suffolk); Beacon Capital Partners President and CEO Fred Seigel; Boston Properties CEO Owen Thomas; and Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer. Roundtable members were sent an exclusive registration invitation this week via email. (Roundtable Meetings contact

Reopening Momentum 

  • “Americans have learned to deal and cope and live with the coronavirus,” Secretary Walsh recently told Insider (March 4). More employees coming back to the office can “add to job creation and job growth” he explained, as restaurants, retail shops, and other small businesses cater to returning workers.
  • The reopening theme was also the focus of a March 9 letter to Senate and House leaders signed by over 200 organizations and companies, including The Real Estate Roundtable. The coalition urged lawmakers to fully reopen Capitol Hill buildings by July 11 “in a way that is safe for all with security measures already being used in many state legislatures.” (Coalition letter, March 9)
  • In addition to The Roundtable, other real estate organizations signing the letter to re-open Capitol Hill included the American Hotel & Lodging Association; American Resort Development Association; Building Owners and Managers Association; CRE Finance Council; ICSC; NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association; and the National Apartment Association. 

2022 Roundtable Policy Agenda 

Virtual SOI 2022 DeBoer and Fish

  • Reopening businesses and the country is an important priority noted in The Roundtable's 2022 Policy Agenda: “Connection, Commitment, and Collaboration - Supporting Federal Policy Through Experience and Innovation in 2022” sent this week to Roundtable members.

  • In the policy agenda’s introduction, John Fish, above right, and Jeffrey DeBoer, above left, emphasize the national need for a safe and successful return to the physical workplace.

  • “Our state and local economies—as well as our long-term global competitiveness—depend heavily on the innovation, collaboration, and productivity fostered by an in-person work environment,” Fish and DeBoer stated.

  • The Roundtable’s policy agenda states that the nation’s long-term health, economic growth, and strength of small businesses and local governmental budgets all require safe back-to-workplace encouragement. 

Policy Agenda Issues 

RER 2022 Policy Agenda Cover

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