President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris speak to reporters about efforts to combat the coronavirus disease pandemic after meeting members of the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board in November in Wilmington, Delaware, USA (COVID-19) 9, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden will host a joint meeting with union leaders and senior executives from major tech, retail and auto companies on Monday.
Company leaders expected at the virtual meeting are Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, Satya Nadella, President and CEO of Microsoft, Brian Cornell, Chairman and Chief Executive of Target, and Sonia Syngal, CEO of Gap.
Union leaders include AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, UAW Chairman Rory Gamble, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Marc Perrone, President of the UFCW.
According to a transition staff, the purpose of the meeting is to “discuss the economic recovery and build it up better in the long term”.
Biden will “bring business and work leaders together to discuss how, despite our different perspectives, we can work together to achieve our common goals,” said the Biden advisor, who spoke in the background to preview the meeting .
The event marks the first time that, as President-elect, Biden has officially convened business and union leaders to discuss his agenda for economic recovery.
The meeting is the latest example of Biden pushing the traditional schedule for an elected president despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to allow the race.
Each of the union leaders represents a union that supports Biden’s presidential campaign in whole or in part.
The presence of such high-profile CEOs is more notable, however, largely because it is a public affirmation of Biden’s legitimacy as President-elect.
Following the meeting, Biden will make remarks on “ensuring our workers and businesses can work safely and rebuilding our economies to be more resilient and inclusive,” the transition worker said.
He is also expected to discuss how economic recovery depends on controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
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