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  • A battered UAW retreats to rethink its 'Southern Strategy'

    The union's decision to withdraw its petition for a new election at a Chattanooga VW plant could mean changes for auto manufacturing in the U.S.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- The downward spiral of the United Auto Workers union gained new momentum this week with the decision to withdraw its petition for a do-over of its disputed election defeat at the Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    By pulling back, the UAW acknowledged that MORE

    Apr 24, 2014 3:27 PM ET
  • Micro-brewing up a storm

    In his new book, The Craft Beer Revolution, Steve Hindy tells how a group of U.S. microbreweries sparked a revolution in the worldwide beer industry.

    By Lawrence A. Armour

    FORTUNE -- The Craft Beer Revolution is a great read, thanks in part to the fact that author Steve Hindy put in time as a correspondent for the Associated Press and served as an editor at Newsday.

    Hindy is also co-founder, chairman, and president MORE

    Apr 22, 2014 11:29 AM ET
  • What Mark Fields faces at Ford

    The automaker's COO may soon be elevated to CEO. Here are some of the challenges ahead.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Mark Fields, who has been the heir apparent to Alan Mulally, may soon be designated Mulally's successor as chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Company.

    Bloomberg News reported yesterday that Mulally, 68, will retire before the end of the year and that Fields, 53, a 25-year Ford veteran will succeed MORE

    Apr 22, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The most misused word in health care

    "Rationing" misstates what's occurring with Obamacare -- and private insurance -- and only distorts an already overheated debate.

    By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- Let's ban the word "rationing" from the health care debate.

    It's everywhere. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) earlier this month introduced the "Repeal Rationing in Support of Life Act," which would remove four provisions of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) that restrict spending. A recent front-page MORE

    - Apr 22, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • China's soil pollution: It's much worse than you think

    Close to 20% of China's arable land is contaminated by heavy metals, posing severe global economic and political consequences in the coming years.

    By Minxin Pei

    FORTUNE -- When the Chinese government completed its first national soil pollution survey in 2005, the findings were so alarming that Beijing promptly declared the data a "state secret."

    Chinese leaders apparently changed their minds and, a few days ago, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 2:25 PM ET
  • Pop-up shops are becoming more permanent

    In brand strategy, short-term retail may not be so temporary after all.

    By Courtney Subramanian

    FORTUNE -- The fashion industry has long benefited from the concept of pop-up shops, but with the rising cost of online advertising and a saturated e-commerce market, more retailers are turning to temporary brick-and-mortar retail to stand out among the competition.

    Earlier this week online marketplace Storefront, which pairs retailers with temporary leases for physical space, raised MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 11:12 AM ET
  • Vegan cuisine aims for the mainstream

    More companies like Chipotle are offering animal-product-free options, and it's not just vegetarians chowing down.

    By April Guilmet

    FORTUNE -- It's the "V" word you're hearing more and more often these days, and it's steadily making its way into your local food court.

    With growing demand for vegan-oriented products, or products containing no eggs, dairy, or animal protein, a growing number of companies are expanding their reach to leave MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The General Motors you want to sue no longer exists, says GM

    Carmaker claims immunity from legal liability for ignition-switch defects prior to 2009.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- General Motors Co. asked a federal court in Texas to postpone a lawsuit against it claiming damages and injuries from ignition-switch defects in models of GM cars built before the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy.

    It's an early salvo in a critical legal battle that will determine if plaintiffs across the country will be permitted to sue MORE

    Apr 16, 2014 3:11 PM ET
  • Is your business persona working for you?

    Get the new office rules from Stanley Bing.

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE -- Fortune columnist Stanley Bing's new book, The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of the Business Arts, is published this week by HarperBusiness. The volume is intended as an alternative course of study to the education offered by the established, tedious, ivy-covered institutions stocked with professors who would be eaten for lunch by serious business MORE

    Apr 16, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • GM ignition recall earnings hit: $1.3 billion in first quarter

    Questions also emerge about a redesigned ignition switch's part number.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- General Motors Co. warned investors and Wall Street that the financial cost of its mushrooming investigation into defective ignition switches all but assures a first-quarter deficit for this year.

    GM (GM) on Thursday said it raised its charge against earnings for the quarter, primarily in connection with the ignition defect, to $1.3 billion from $750 million previously. MORE

    Apr 11, 2014 12:03 PM ET
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