Southern Momentum 'excited' about Volkswagen union vote outcome

Signs for and against unionization are in a roundabout along Volkswagen Drive in front of the Volkswagen plant Friday, June 14, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Results from the Volkswagen union election will be released later tonight.

Southern Momentum, a grassroots group of Volkswagen Chattanooga workers who opposed the United Auto Workers in this week's election, said they "could not be more excited" about the union's defeat.

"We are happy for our families, for Volkswagen Chattanooga, and for our community," workers said in a statement. "What started as just a handful of us grew into a force of hard-working employees determined to better educate voters about the decision before them. And now all of us have spoken."

Volkswagen-UAW tensions

Following a three-day election, workers at the plant rejected the UAW by a vote of 833-776.

The group cited the community who rallied behind its efforts and fellow workers.

"We will continue to advocate for the best interests of our families and for the future of Volkswagen Chattanooga and look forward to getting back to what we do best: working as one team to build quality cars," they said.

Southern Momentum, funded by business and individual interests and overseen by Chattanooga attorney Maury Nicely, was first formed ahead of the 2014 election at the plant facility, which the UAW lost by a vote of 712-626.