STRIKE ALERT! IUE CWA 81359 Members Fighting for Good Jobs at Momentive Performance Materials!

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These workers made the difficult decision to strike because they are committed to preserving good solid jobs here in our communities. They are fighting for a fair and equitable contract with Momentive Performance Materials and THEY NEED YOUR HELP!

*UPDATE* Donations can be mailed to:
CWA District One
80 Pine Street, 37th Floor
New York, NY 10005

PAYABLE to: 
CWA District One Hospitality Committee
(In the memo section please write Momentive Strikers donation).

Solidarity Rally This Saturday Nov 19 at 12pm

Momentive has so far refused to bargain in good faith, instead making proposals that would gut health care and eliminate benefits for retirees. Their callous actions to force the workers on strike puts the plant, the products produced at the plant, and the safety of the community at risk.

Take action at https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-mpm-to-get-back-to-the-bargaining-table

Read one workers story below:

I’m angry! I’m fed up! And I have a lot to say! The men and women who work at Momentive Performance Materials ( GE Silicones, Hexion whatever it actually is these days) are really getting bullied by corporate greed! These employees have sacrificed so much over the years most importantly their health, well being, and time with family! I am so sick and tired of 24 years worth of writing in a full years schedule into a daily planner every January to figure out which shift my husband is on and which days he has off…. 1 weekend a month off…a Friday off after 7 days on first….a Saturday Sunday and Monday off after second, and a wed and Thursday after 3rd! It’s most pleasant when they go in early and stay late and I can’t even remember what shift he was on to begin with! Love 12 and 16 hour shifts! One year when our kids were little I went into panic mode when I saw on the news there was a fire ( glad to say it was tires at nearby business and not plant exploding-another legitimate horrible fear) and I called work to see if everyone and my husband were all safe….forgetting my husband was not on that shift but sleeping for his a.m. shift! Loved it too when I made a beautiful Sunday morning breakfast for him and  didn’t realize he’d already left for work early! Or when he had to miss all of the special events in our extended families lives to make sure he could use his vacation days for the special events in our children’s lives if he was lucky enough! Love too that he was a walking zombie but never missed a soccer game or anything important even if he had to work an extra shift that night! (By the way how safe is it to have all these depleted employees running a chemical plant with all of these extra hours expected of them!!!!!)

So now as we are entering our late midlife and look forward to our plans for retirement ( time to recoup all the time lost with family over the years ) we get cheated out of that too! We made an offer on a little camp to spend our later years in the Adks with our kids and maybe grandkids but had to let go of that dream because every three years we end up battling to save vacation time, medical benefits, earned pensions and pay more than deserved! ( truthfully this is likely a pipe dream because honestly most people who work here end up with cancer and die within 2 years of retiring if they even make it to retirement! (Yes I just went there! These people are not average factory workers but specially trained, hard working individuals who work around toxic chemicals all day and night too! They deserve better pay than the assembly line factory workers -the drones the common core (government) is trying to turn us all into!

If Momentive and all of these companies are hurting so badly start from the top down! Trim the multi million dollar bonuses of the greedy CEO’s, owners, and higher ups! Start there! Leave these hard working people alone and leave what they’ve worked so hard for in place! The 3 year olds I teach every day play nicer than Corporate America! Let’s try and play fair and share!

Debra Mahar

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It would be nice if the whole country could strike and teach big business a lesson.Americans that work should have health benefits, vacations and pensions.All of this is going to the wayside.If a company wants to open Sunday it should be time and a half.They make huge money on Sundays and can afford it.The workers can leave their drama at the door and put away the cellphones.We should be working hand in hand together.What a pitiful working world out there.

  2. I am crying as I read this. I am the wife of a Momentive worker. Debra – bravo for you to tell it EXACTLY the way it is. You could not have expressed the truth any better. I have absolutely nothing to add – you have written it well. There is such an impact on the entire family. It’s a shame what this company is doing. Let’s pray for a civil, fair outcome. Thank you.

  3. As an RN, with a fiancé working at Momentive for 26 years, I am appalled with the utter lack of concern and respect towards the health and well-being of Momentive’s unionized employees! These men and women work with toxic chemicals everyday with unknown long term effects to their health. A consumer health plan with an extremely high deductible and no raise to offset the cost, is deplorable. In addition, retirees receive absolutely nothing!! This is how a company takes care of its current workers and retirees???? What a message!!! Make the rich richer, and if you become ill oh well!! Deplorable!! This from a company that just published their 3rd quarter financials $234 million net income!!!!!! Momentive you should be ashamed!!!

    Monica Finley, RN, Director of Clinical Services, Goldencare LHCSA

  4. Debra, thank you for expressing and validating for all the spouses of these Momentive employees a lifetime worth of emotions, reactions and wear and tare on the family unit that comes with the job. The high rate of cancer, divorce and stress related illnesses are all part of the price paid for being employed at Momentive. Corpoate greed would have us all believe they are lucky to have a job. As the wife of a chemical reactor employee at Momentive, I emphatically disagree. My husband and I will be lucky if we get to enjoy a retirement without having to worry about being able to afford medical treatment. The hours are unsafe to say the least. 12 hour shifts are the norm and 16 hours happen way too often. To think of someone running a chemical reactor for 16 hours in one shift after havibg already worked five 12 hour shifts is terrifying. And how about that schedule, that’s another health benefit. A different shift every week. They look lije the walking dead when they come off of midnights depending on how many 12 hour shifts they put in. The spouse lives the life of a married woman while feeling like a single parent most of the time. Don’t ever tell me how lucky my hysband is to have that job. He has sacrificed for his family to be taken care of, and we are not living large. There are no big toys or annual vacations there were maybe 3 in 22 years. They work hard, sacrifice much and earn every penny they take home to their families.

  5. Each one of these stories is like reading my own. Long hours, swing shifts, limited time with family, sacrificing health…appreciate their hard work and give them what is deserved. Greed is evil!

  6. I don’t feel sorry for you or your family at all. You get what you deserve. If your husband is so unhappy with his job, he always has an option – Quit and find a better paying job but he won’t cause he can’t.
    No Company pays folks these salaries with these benefits these days who have at a minimum High School diplomas. Oh, and these guys are not skilled Chemical workers, they don’t know the difference between handling Chemical A versus B. So take you sob story elsewhere and ask your husband to find a new job if you are so unhappy. Trust me, he is paid very well (double time and triple time) for his “sacrifices” based on his qualifications.

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