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Jim Beam Labor Strike; Hope You Bourbon Drinkers Stocked Up

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 06:26 AM

Jim Beam employees voted to strike part of the Kentucky bourbon maker's operations as of Friday and a picket line was planned for at least one of the distiller's plants.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union Local 111D rejected the latest company offer last week, said the Kentucky Standard.

Of the 220 union members, 201 voted against the company offer. Some told the Standard that workers will picket the company's Clermont facility and possibly its plant in Boston, Kentucky.

"The union body based their votes on the pronouncement that this proposal was the best that the company was willing to offer," said Janelle Mudd, president of the union.

Jim Beam, an iconic American bourbon brand that has been around since 1795, was sold in 2014 to Suntory of Japan for $13.6 billion, said The New York Times, becoming part of the world's third-largest distiller.

Employees at the Jim Beam plant in Frankfort and the Maker's Mark distillery in Loretto aren't involved in the strike, said a Beam Suntory representative, per the Louisville Courier-Journal. The Frankfort employees are represented by a separate union and the Loretto employees are non-union.

"We are seeking to understand the reasons why the union membership voted down this competitive two-year contract proposal unanimously recommended by their own representatives," Kevin Smith, vice president of Kentucky Beam Bourbon Affair at Beam Suntory, told the Standard.

"The proposal includes substantial wage increases, coupled with other enhancements including elimination of the two-tiered wage system for almost all employees. While we have not been advised of any specific objections to the proposal, we are committed to resolving this matter expeditiously."

Mudd had an answer:

"The result of the vote rested upon an abundant amount of issues within the work environment. Some key issues include the following: job security in regards to the high number and excessive use of agency workers, failure to honor and recognize seniority, vague and open-ended contract language, poor labor scheduling resulting in burdensome and strenuous work hours that have led to an undesirable work/home balance, and an atmosphere void of recognition with a lack of respect and value of Union employees."

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