DETROIT — Business vs. politics. It's a choice General Motors will likely have to make following a significant backlash to the company's plans to idle and potentially close five plants in North America.
The plans, announced last month, were initially praised on Wall Street. But in the political arena, they've kicked up a storm of protest that the highly profitable automaker is being greedy, sacrificing American and Canadian jobs to find cheaper labor in Mexico and betraying the taxpayers who bailed it out a decade ago.
GM hasn't wavered from the plans. But outside pressure is mounting, and the groups applying it sound convinced that they can force the company to re-examine its decision and save at least one of the plants during the 2019 contract negotiations with the UAW.