April 30, 2019 – A group of Volkswagen workers today revived “Southern Momentum,” a grassroots organization to defeat the United Auto Workers (UAW) and its most recent effort to organize the Chattanooga facility. The workers also began distributing information inside the plant to push back on disinformation being disseminated by the UAW.
“The UAW is promising the sun, moon and stars but their track record shows that many of the plants they represent go out of business, particularly foreign-owned companies,” said Keri Menendez, a team lead at the facility. “We do not want them here and are working to educate our fellow employees on the real UAW, not the false narrative the union is peddling.”
“Volkswagen Chattanooga workers have been steadfast in opposing a takeover by the Detroit-based UAW since 2014,” said Maury Nicely, a Chattanooga-based lawyer for Evans Harrison Hackett PLC, who represented Southern Momentum in 2014. “It is no surprise they feel the same way now, and I am happy to help them in any way I can. The UAW and its track record of corruption and discord was a bad fit for Chattanooga and Volkswagen in 2014 and it is a bad fit now.”
Southern Momentum first formed ahead of the 2014 election at the Volkswagen Chattanooga facility, which the UAW lost by a vote of 712 to 626. Workers looking for more information can email [email protected].