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 MOREApr 24, 2014 3:27 PM ET
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 MOREApr 22, 2014 11:29 AM ET
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 MOREApr 22, 2014 5:00 AM ET
"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 MOREFortune Editors - Apr 22, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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 MOREApr 18, 2014 2:25 PM ET
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 MOREApr 18, 2014 11:12 AM ET
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 MOREApr 18, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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 MOREApr 16, 2014 3:11 PM ET
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 MOREApr 16, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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. MOREApr 11, 2014 12:03 PM ET
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