WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden hosted a joint assembly Monday with labor union leaders and the chief executives of main tech, retail and auto firms.
The enterprise leaders on the digital assembly have been General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Microsoft president and CEO Satya Nadella, Target chairman and chief government Brian Cornell and Sonia Syngal, CEO of Gap.
Labor leaders included AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union; Rory Gamble, president of the United Auto Workers; Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
“To state the obvious, we’re in a pretty dark hole right now,” Biden stated firstly of the assembly. “We face a dark winter ahead with Covid.”
“You all have different perspectives on how we can best deal with the virus. And how we can make sure workers and small businesses stay safe, and we get back to rolling like we should,” stated Biden, who was joined on the assembly by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“We all agree on common goals. We’re pretty much in lockstep,” Biden continued. “We agree that we can’t just build back [after Covid], we need to build back better.”
The occasion marks the primary time that Biden as president-elect has formally convened enterprise and labor leaders to debate his financial restoration agenda.
The former vp joked that he deserved “a Nobel Prize” for having introduced collectively union leaders and CEOs on the similar occasion.
“I’m looking forward to hearing what’s on your mind,” Biden stated to the group. “What is top of mind on Covid and getting back to work safely?”
The assembly was the most recent instance of Biden forging forward with the standard schedule of occasions for a president-elect, even though President Donald Trump has refused to concede the race.
Each of the labor leaders represented a union that both wholly or partly endorsed Biden’s presidential marketing campaign.
But the attendance of such high-profile CEOs was extra noteworthy, largely as a result of it represented a public endorsement of Biden’s legitimacy as president-elect.
Following the assembly, Biden was scheduled to ship remarks on “ensuring our workers and businesses can operate safely and rebuilding our economy to be more resilient and inclusive,” stated a transition aide.
He can also be anticipated to debate how the financial restoration relies upon controlling the unfold of the coronavirus.
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