December 29, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Niagara Falls, NY – A Strike that began on November 2nd in Waterford, New York that involves 700 Union-represented Workers at Momentive Performance Materials is working to dry up the amount of chemical products the plant makes – which in turn, has resulted in the layoffs of about 20 United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Workers who are employed at the Globe Metallurgical Plant Upstate in Niagara Falls.
USW District 4 Sub-District Director Jim Briggs, who also serves as President of the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, tells WNYLaborToday.com “a lack of continued and consistent silicone product” from Momentive’s Albany-area facility has caused business at Globe to “slow down” and resulted in management’s decision there to lay off about 20 Workers.
“What I understand is the Workers have been told the layoffs are ‘due to’ the Momentive Strike, which provides chemical products for steel manufacturing at Globe,” Briggs told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper during the Christmas Holidays. “Momentive ‘needs to settle and end’ that Strike. They ‘need to offer their Workers a fair contract.’”