WATERFORD, N.Y. (March 18, 2010)—The National Labor Relations Board has postponed a hearing on unfair labor charges against Momentive Performance Materials Inc. so the company and union can try to negotiate a new contract.
A hearing had been set for April 5 in Albany, N.Y., but that has now been rescheduled for July 26, according to an order issued March 17 by the NLRB.
Momentive and Local 81359 of the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America jointly requested the delay so the parties can try to reach a new contract agreement prior to the June 20 expiration of the current contract.
The charges stem from actions the maker of silicone rubber and other materials allegedly took at its Waterford plant beginning in January 2009. The complaint claims that Momentive failed to bargain in good faith by making substantial changes to its labor agreement with Local 81350. The changes included cutting wages of more than 400 of the 1,000 workers at the facility by an average of 25 percent