UAW leaders have agreed to close one of the training centers that the union formed with the Detroit 3 in the 1980s. It likely signals the end, or at least a major overhaul, of the other two as well.
A LaFontaine Automotive Group dealership general manager's climb up the company's ladder began with a neighborly chat with group founder Mike LaFontaine.
As corporate controller, Marissa Hunt oversees compliance, accounting and human resources, but she also has a seat at the table as the LaFontaine Automotive Group hones its vision and considers acquisitions.
LaFontaine Automotive Group seems to have mastered the employment conundrum, boasting a stellar turnover rate of 16 percent annually for the group.
At just 5 years old, Nicole Welch, the daughter of a dealership general manager, was mesmerized by cars and numbers. When she visited her dad at work, she would pretend to crunch numbers. She's not pretending anymore.
The last GM pickup plant in North America that was still running during the UAW's strike had to shut down last week due to parts shortages, raising worries that some dealerships soon will start running low on the automaker's top selling vehicles.
Getting new contracts ratified already looked like a bigger challenge than usual going into this year's talks. Now, workers will have to vote for a deal while considering whether all the time on the picket lines was worth it.
Whether they have decades of experience on the assembly line or were hired only months ago, many workers who walked off the job at GM plants last week said they were striking for the same reasons.