May 6, 2019 – Southern Momentum today released the following statement after the United Auto Workers called Volkswagen’s effort to follow federal law “the definition of duplicity.” The company last month asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to resolve issues surrounding representation of its maintenance employees before another vote is held.
“Federal labor law clearly states that a new election cannot be held at a plant with an unresolved election pending before the National Labor Relations Board,” said Maury Nicely, a Chattanooga-based lawyer for Evans Harrison Hackett PLC, who represented Southern Momentum in 2014. “The UAW either knew this fact before filing a petition for a new election and is intentionally misleading workers or is wholly incompetent. The UAW is again showing its true self in a sad attempt to collect dues to be sent to Detroit. The choice is clear: the UAW was wrong for Volkswagen in 2014 and it is wrong for our workers today.”
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].