General Motors CEO Mary Barra will meet with president-elect Joe Biden today to discuss post-pandemic economic recovery in the United States.
According to Bloomberg, Barra will join Biden on a video meeting Monday to discuss how business and labor sectors of American companies can work together to streamline the economic recovery process in a post-pandemic world. Also on the call will be Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, UAW president Rory Gamble and AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka.
The publication says Biden plans to discuss “how workers and businesses can operate safely to rebuild the economy amid the coronavirus downturn.” Biden’s transition team also sees the economy and COVID-19 as being intertwined and believes that in order for the economy to recover, it must first control the spread of COVID-19.
GM reopened its manufacturing plants in late May and has implemented various safety measures at the plants to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the facilities can remain operational. These measures, which include fever screening employees and wiping down surfaces between shift rotations, were outlined in a 40-page employee playbook that it distributed to U.S. employees.
Biden’s campaign team previously touted a “Buy American” manufacturing plan that would include a $400 billion procurement investment that “will power new demand for American products, materials, and services and ensure that they are shipped on U.S.-flagged cargo carriers.” It also plans to set aside $300 billion for research and development on “breakthrough technologies” including “electric vehicle technology to lightweight materials to 5G and artificial intelligence,” which it says will “unleash high-quality job creation in high-value manufacturing and technology.”
These investments will help create “at least 5 million new jobs in manufacturing and innovation,” the president-elect’s transition team predicts.
GM issued a statement following Biden’s victory in the 2020 election and said that it is looking forward to working with the administration to expand U.S. manufacturing presence as it begins to transition to electric vehicles.
“We look forward to working with the new administration and incoming Congress on policies that support our customers, dealers and employees, help strengthen our manufacturing presence in the United States and advance our vision of an all-electric, zero-emissions future,” the automaker said previously.