November 13, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Waterford, NY – Striking workers at the Momentive Performance Materials chemical plant in Waterford overwhelmingly voted down a contract offer worse than one they’d rejected in September.
Members of IUE-CWA Local 81359 voted 469-75 against the proposed three-year pact Nov. 6-7, said union President Dom Patrignani. The rejected pact replaced the small pay increase offered in September with a one-year wage freeze, and would have cut off retirees’ health-care benefits in January instead of 2018. “It’s like making an offer for $175,000 for a house and they’re asking $200,000. And they say, ‘No,’ and come back that now it’s $300,000,” longtime plant worker Mike Sullivan told the Albany Times-Union. “This vote shows we have to stand together and fight.” Momentive has been busing in scabs to work at the plant, which makes adhesives and sealants, since the strike began Nov. 2. Read more