Community en Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United Auto Workers' newest local union is forming in Chattanooga with workers from the same plant where the UAW was rejected earlier this year. &nbsp;Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself. &nbsp;That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.&nbsp; But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary </span>Casteel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.</span></p><p>"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here. &nbsp;There's no opportunity for third-party interference."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the UAW’s original bid to unionize the plant, Senator Bob Corker and other conservative politicians had weighed in, urging workers to reject the union.&nbsp; Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.&nbsp; But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.&nbsp; If the local union grows to represent the entire VW Chattanooga workforce, it would be the first foreign-owned auto plant to unionize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant? &nbsp;What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant? &nbsp;This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner <a href=""></a></span></p><p><strong>UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.</strong></p><p><strong>“There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW’s announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations,” said Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, in a prepared statement. “The fact is, nothing happened. Any union can rent space in any city and open an office. Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW."</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:17:23 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40108 at Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork? <p>The Beacon Center of Tennessee's<a href=""> 2014 Pork Report</a> roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.</p><p>"Apparently," the report says, "Cleveland officials felt our well-to-do comrades should not be relegated to commuting with the common folk from the Chattanooga airport."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:25:13 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40007 at Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie <p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:13:52 +0000 Richard Winham 39994 at Patrick Johnston: The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie Ask A Doc: What Can I Do About Chronic Knee Pain? <p> How can athletes take care of their knees and joints and prevent future problems?&nbsp; Does running cause arthritis?&nbsp; What can a person do about chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis--is a knee replacement the only option?&nbsp; Dr. Danielle Mitchell from <a href="">the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health</a> joins us to discuss these topics and more.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:35:05 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39608 at How Could Plastic Surgery Alleviate Migraines? And Why Are Some Neurologists Wary? <p>Heather Crowe’s migraines began when she was in junior high.&nbsp; The pain was blinding, and when they happened, she couldn't do anything except stay in bed.&nbsp; She suffered for years, until she became a nurse and started working for <a href="">Dr. Jimmy Waldrop</a> at the Erlanger-housed Plastic Surgery Group.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:40 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39397 at Lawyers Dressed in Hoodies and Bluejeans <p> Chattanooga is developing a reputation as a start up friendly city. Young entrepreneurs excited by access to the ultra fast Internet are working with the Company Lab and other mentor organizations. But many of them still face the sometimes daunting challenge of finding legal advice they can afford. Scott Maucere wants to help. He’s the CEO of a local legal cooperative called <a href="">Push To Start. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:06:35 +0000 Richard Winham 39164 at This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles <p></p><p> Plenty of apps already exist to collect a health-conscious person’s data.&nbsp; RunKeeper, FitBit and MapMyFitness can all track how often a person takes a walk, how far he or she runs, how often he or she sleeps, and more.&nbsp; Some apps can also connect with wearables, such a smart watch that measures someone’s heart rate.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:15:02 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39110 at This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles When Dealing With A Loved One Who Has Dementia, Plan Ahead <p> Susan Farmer, Director of the Senior Life Program at Parkridge Valley, joins us with advice on dealing with parents and loved ones who show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s.&nbsp; Many families never discuss what to do if older relatives can’t remember basic information or become unable to live independently.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:58:07 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39057 at 'Perfect Practice Makes Perfect': Legendary Dodger Maury Wills Looks Back <p>Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop <a href="">Maury Wills</a> is coming to Chattanooga on Tuesday, June 17th to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Southern League <a href=";content_id=74533806&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;vkey=news_t498&amp;sid=t498">All-Star Luncheon</a>.&nbsp; This year, the <a href="">Chattanooga Lookouts</a> will host the Southern League <a href="">All-Star game</a>, with the game itself on the 17th at AT&amp;T Field, and a home run derby happening on July 16th at historic Engel Stadium.</p><p>Maury Wills and Lookouts President and General Manager Rich Mozingo appear in this segment to talk about how the all-star game luncheon will benefit the RBI Program of Chattanooga, which brings baseball to inner-city children.</p><p>Wills also discusses highlights of his career--a legendary shortstop known for stealing bases, he explains his "perfect practice" philosophy, and reveals his struggle with drug addiction after his baseball career ended, explaining how he got clean and now uses his story to inspire others. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:09:52 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 38757 at What's Killing Bees? The Simple Answer Is, There Is No Simple Answer <p>Bee populations have declined over the past few years, and as these pollinators die off, our own <a href="">food supply could dwindle</a>.&nbsp; Scientists are researching a <a href="">variety</a> of causes, including <a href="">controversial pesticides</a> and a <a href=" Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:51:10 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 38499 at Old Style Service Provided at New Butcher Shop <p><a href="" target="_blank">Main Street Meats</a> takes lessons learned from the history of butchering to make their new enterprise stand out from the rest.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:02:59 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 38477 at Old Style Service Provided at New Butcher Shop Training for Triathlons? Here Are a Few Tips. <p>The Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon is coming up June 29th, and the Chattanooga Ironman competition is coming up September 28th.&nbsp; In our monthly Ask A Doc segment, Dr. Danielle Mitchell from the <a href="">Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health</a> joins us with advice about training for these kind of grueling competitions.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:48:42 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 38381 at Public Input Sought on New Housing Options for People with Autism <p>A new organization, iSolve Project, could create two communities in Chattanooga where people with autism (and other populations) could live together and find support.&nbsp; This interview includes iSolve Project founder Lori Sanders and Dave Buck from the<a href=""> Chattanooga Autism Center.</a> Coming up on June 3rd at 6:30 p.m., the center will host a meeting to gauge public interest.</p><p>From the event's <a href="">Facebook page</a>:</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:37:59 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 38138 at Northside Farmers' Market Provides Fresh Options on North Shore <p> <span class="userContent">Brooke Brown of Brown Dirt Farm and Brad Solomon of Mountain Song Farm join WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to discuss a new option for artisan goods and local and organic food in Chattanooga.&nbsp; <a href="">The Northside Farmers' Market </a>is located at the Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Avenue, and is open Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:17:36 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 37933 at Tennessee River Gorge Trust To Study Climate Change <p>Rick Huffines, Executive Director of the<a href=""> Tennessee River Gorge Trust,</a> and Sarah Quattrochi, Outreach and Development Director, join WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to discuss several ways the TRGT is supporting ecological preservation in the river gorge, including a climate change vulnerability assessment of the natural communities within the gorge.&nbsp; A Lyndhurst<span class="st"> </span><span class="st">Foundation grant is making the climate change assessment possible.&nbsp; In this segment, Huffines and Quattrochi also discuss t</span>he TRGT’s <a href=" Fri, 16 May 2014 23:02:14 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 37612 at