WATERFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Momentive announced a tentative agreement with IUE-CWA on a new national contract on Thursday.
According to Momentive, the agreement was fully endorsed by the IUE-CWA, presidents and executive boards of the Local Unions (81359, 81380, and 84707), and Momentive.
Union members will be able to vote on the tentative agreement next week.
Jack Boss, President and CEO of Momentive, issued a statement:
We believe this agreement provides a fair, market competitive package for our employees and their families while allowing Momentive to remain competitive. With the endorsement of CWA leadership and the local Union presidents, we look forward to ratification of the agreement so that we can work together to serve our customers and build a stronger Momentive.
The 28-page deal became available Thursday evening, and it includes pay raises and health benefits. Workers, however, said they will believe it when they see it.
“It’s just been a long haul out here, you know. In the cold weather, 24/7 around the clock,” Greg Miller said. “We know [about the agreement] but we haven’t seen throughout the plan, and we’ve really come together as union brothers and sisters, and the bond has been great.”
The tentative agreement is the third contract the workers will need to read through.
“I’m not sure if confident is the right word, but there’s an excitement that at least we’ve progressed,” Miller said. “It’s been awhile since the two sides have met and talked.”
Workers made it clear they do not want a concessionary agreement. They’re hoping the newest deal will mirror the one they had before they went on strike.
John Phelps is the president of the retired members chapter. He said the contract language has changed as well as allocating vacation time.
“After two contracts in 2010,we lost wages, and in 2013, we lost pensions and this contract, they were going to take away retiree healthcare,” he said.
Phelps added the contentious factor of the deal is bringing back the 26 terminated employees.
Governor Andrew Cuomo also issued a statement:
After months of negotiations, I’m pleased with both the CWA and Momentive have reached an agreement that ends the strike and puts more than 700 men and women in the Capital Region back to work.
Workers will be voting on the deal on Monday and Tuesday. If it is approved, they could go back to work as soon as Wednesday morning.
Workers have been on strike for approximately three months.