Strike at chem­i­cal plant en­ters fourth week

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A strike by hun­dreds of union work­ers at an up­state New York chem­i­cal plant is now into its fourth week.

Some 700 mem­bers of an IUE-CWA lo­cal walked off the job ear­lier this month at Mo­men­tive Per­for­mance Ma­te­ri­als in the Saratoga County town of Water­ford, on the Hudson River north of Al­bany. The union went on strike af­ter con­tract talks failed over the com­pany’s plans to cut in health in­surance and other ben­e­fits.

Scores of work­ers spent Thanks­giv­ing walk­ing picket lines while one striker cooked a tur­key in an out­door fryer and sup­port­ers in the com­mu­nity dropped off food for the hol­i­day meal.

Su­per­vi­sors and newly hired, non-union re­place­ment work­ers are op­er­at­ing the plant, which makes in­dus­trial sealants, ad­he­sives and wa­ter re­pel­lents.

The fa­cil­ity was owned by General Elec­tric un­til 2006.

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