More talks set between striking workers, NY chemical plant

Union officials representing hundreds of striking employees of an upstate New York chemical plant are expected to resume talks with the company in an effort to end the nine-week-old strike.

The Saratogian newspaper reports ( ) the talks set to start Tuesday involving IUE-CWA Local 81359 and Momentive Performance Materials are scheduled to last three days this week.

The move comes as about 700 union members remain on a strike that began Nov. 2 at the plant in Waterford, on the Hudson River just north of Albany. The workers walked off the job after negotiations failed to reach an agreement on a new three-year labor contract.

The strike started after workers rejected a company offer that would cut vacation time and reduce health and retiree benefits.

The plan produces industrial sealants, adhesives and water repellents.