“If this was going to work anywhere, this is where it was going to work.”
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Workers at a Volks-wagen factory in Tennessee have votedagainst union representation, a devastat-inglossthatderailstheUnitedAutoWork-ersunion’sefforttoorganizeSouthernfac-tories.The 712-626 vote released late FridaystunnedmanylaborexpertswhoexpectedaUAWwinbecauseVolkswagentacitlyen-dorsedtheunionandevenallowedorganiz-ers into the Chattanooga factory to makesalespitches.But the union faced stern oppositionfrom Republican politicians who warnedthat a union win would chase away otherautomakerswhomightcometotheregion.Sen.BobCorkerofTennesseewasthemostvocalopponent,sayinghewastoldthatVWwouldnotbuildanewSUVinChattanoogaif workers approved the union. That waslaterdeniedbyaVWexecutiveinTennes-see.TheUAWfordecadeshastriedwithoutsuccess to organize a foreign-owned plantin a region that’s wary of organized labor.Thelossnowmakesitevenharderforthe
Vote is blow to UAW bidto unionize foreign-ownedautomobile plant in South
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Dave Dowell likes to say hecan “dig up” old ancestors withgenealogicalresearch.ButthankstosuddengainsinDNA testing, a rapidly evolvingfield of scientific discovery thatDowellhashelpedpushforward,he recently stumbled on some-thing much closer to home — aliving, breathing relative hehadn’tknownaboutbefore.Outofnowhere,aDNAmatchintroducedDowelltoan81-year-old cousin, living in Missouri,who had been adopted at birthandunknowntomanyinthefam-ily. The cousin’s sudden appear-anceinNovemberaddedawholenewlimbtoDowell’sownfamilytree,andthenintroducedatanta-lizingnewmystery:Could Dowell apply his ownexpertise to help his cousinlearn, for the first time, who hisbiologicalparentswere?It’sthekindofpursuitthathaslong motivated family historyresearchers. But now, armedwith DNA testing, there’s newpromise for solving riddles thatelude traditional methods.Breathtakingadvancesingenet-iccodingneartheendofthelast
Technology offersa whole new wayof probing the past
Three companies offer commercial DNAtesting: Ancestry.com, 23andMe andFamily Tree DNA. For those thinking ofgetting tested, Tennessee experts offered these tips:
and types of tests they offer tochoose the right one. For example, different tests are used toexamine paternal and maternal family lines.
already looking into your family name, so yourresults can be compared and interpreted.
old-fashioned research, records, migrationpatterns and other clues. “You cannot know enoughgeography or history,
Databases used to find DNA matches areconstantly growing. “Whatever you know for sure today, nextweek or next month, it may not be true,
“It’s all coming together to give us tools we couldn’t even have dreamed of three or four years ago.”
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