May 20, 2019 – Southern Momentum today released the following statement after a sparse crowd attended a pro-UAW rally at Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga.
“Cries of ‘Let them vote!’ fall on deaf ears when it was the UAW itself that asked to stifle the voices of Volkswagen workers by calling for recognition without a vote,” said Maury Nicely, a Chattanooga-based lawyer for Evans Harrison Hackett PLC, who represented Southern Momentum in 2014. “It was Volkswagen that protected the workers’ right to vote by ensuring labor laws were and continue to be followed.”
“Regardless, the message sent tonight was clear: this community rejects the UAW and does not appreciate it and its cronies’ continued efforts to tear down a company that employs thousands of Chattanoogans,” added Nicely. “The union has spent years trying to build support in our city for its failed policies and yet again our community has made clear that it is not interested in becoming Detroit. After tonight, we are more confident than ever that if another vote is held, the UAW will once again be defeated.”
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].