MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The children of Momentive workers on strike will still have a Merry Christmas thanks to community donations.
Local workers are coming up on the seventh week of their protest. With Christmas just around the corner and no sign of a contract agreement for Momentive workers, many on strike have to choose between Christmas gifts or paying bills.
But some people have taken it upon themselves to ensure those workers don’t have to choose.
“We just didn’t want the children to go without,” Lacey Weber said. “It’s bad enough that their parents don’t have a job right now.”
Weber is on strike from Momentive. She and others knew some of their coworkers would have to forego gifts this holiday season.
“We just want to get all of our coworkers set for the holidays, so nobody has that worry, that burden on their shoulders,” she said.
Hundreds of gifts have been donated for Momentive families to pick up at the American Legion Post 91 in Mechanicville. Meanwhile, workers remain on the picket line in Waterford.
“We had Thanksgiving and now it’s Christmas and it’s a tough time, and people are cold, and it’s hard to not get any money,” Amber Brooks said.
Brooks said this is a time of year when Momentive workers support the community around them.
“We’re usually giving,” she said. “And it’s tough for a lot of people because now we’re asking for help.”
Workers hope for a fair contract with a good healthcare plan, but negotiations seem to be at a standstill. A spokesperson from Momentive told NEWS10 ABC there are currently no updates on the status of negotiations.
Weber said being able to give Momentive kids a good Christmas is great, but there’s one thing she wants under the tree on Christmas morning.
“A fair contract, obviously,” she said.
And she’s not alone.
“A good contract,” Brooks said. “Make everybody happy so that everybody could have a nice Christmas, you know.”
If you want to help out the Momentive workers who are on strike, come down to the American Legion Post 91 in Mechanicville between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
They do not need any more gifts. They are now asking for warm clothing for kids, including coats and mittens.