May 22, 2019 – Southern Momentum, a grassroots group of Volkswagen Chattanooga workers who oppose the United Auto Workers (UAW), today responded to a statement from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on the election at the facility. Brown has consistently received donations from the UAW throughout his political career.
“The National Labor Relations Board made it clear in their ruling that the reason an election has not yet occurred is because of the ineptitude of the UAW,” said Maury Nicely, a Chattanooga-based lawyer for Evans Harrison Hackett PLC, who has worked with anti-UAW team members since 2014. “Maybe Senator Brown should focus on Ohio, where the UAW has driven many auto plants out of business and put thousands of his constituents out of work.”
Earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) slapped down a petition from the UAW to hold an election at the Volkswagen Chattanooga facility while an unresolved election issue was pending. The NLRB ruled that “any delay is solely due to [the union’s] having filed its petition during the certification year.”
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].