May 22, 2019 – Southern Momentum today released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) slapped down a petition from the United Auto Workers (UAW) to hold an election at the Volkswagen Chattanooga facility while an unresolved election issue was pending.
“Today, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the UAW played improper legal games in filing its petition to represent production and maintenance workers, despite the fact that there was already a certification of the maintenance workers in place,” said Maury Nicely, a Chattanooga-based lawyer for Evans Harrison Hackett PLC, who represented Southern Momentum in 2014. “The union knew what it was doing was legally wrong, but they did it anyway. When they got caught in their legal games, they tried to reverse course, while continuing to blame the company for their own wrongdoing.”
“Now the NLRB has ruled that Volkswagen was right all along, and the UAW was wrong,” added Nicely. “The UAW repeatedly accused Volkswagen of delay, but the NLRB ruled that ‘any delay is solely due to [the union’s] having filed its petition during the certification year.’ Workers should not put their faith in a union that refuses to follow the law, blames others for their own mistakes, repeatedly attacks an employer who has meant so much to this community, and has a track record of failure and divisiveness.”
“This is yet further proof that the UAW is dishonest, does not care about us and is only interested in lining its own pockets,” said Tony Walker, a team member at Volkswagen Chattanooga. “The UAW needs to stop playing games with our future.”
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].