Southern Momentum Raises Questions About UAW Spending Priorities

May 13, 2019 – Southern Momentum today released the following statement regarding the questionable spending priorities of the United Auto Workers (UAW).

“I was shocked to learn that out of the more than $258 million the UAW spent last year, it spent $0 on behalf of individual members,” said Tyler Robertson, a team lead at Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Why in the world should Volkswagen Chattanooga workers send our hard earned dollars to Detroit when the UAW’s track record clearly shows it has questionable priorities?”

“It is no surprise that the more Volkswagen Chattanooga workers learn more about the UAW, the more questions and concerns they have,” said Maury Nicely, a Chattanooga-based lawyer for Evans Harrison Hackett PLC, who represented Southern Momentum in 2014. “Our group of dedicated workers continue to work hard to educate their fellow colleagues, and we continue to believe that if an election is held, the workforce will again reject the UAW.”

Background:

  • According to federal legal filings, of the $258,264,175 the UAW spent during fiscal year 2018, zero dollars were spent “on behalf of individual members.”
  • 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].