Union workers at Jim Beam distillery vote to go on strike - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Union workers at Jim Beam distillery vote to go on strike

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Union workers at the Jim Beam distillery in Bullitt County have voted to strike.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 111D president confirms to WDRB the vote Tuesday night among union members was 201-19 to strike. 

It takes effect at midnight this Friday.

Kevin Smith, vice president of Kentucky Beam Bourbon Affairs, released a statement late Tuesday night with more details: 

We value the positive relationship we have with our UFCW associates at our Clermont and Boston facilities, and we have worked constructively with their negotiating committee and a federal mediator to develop a very attractive new contract over 33 days of bargaining. 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. 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. We greatly value our teams at these facilities, and we look forward to working with the union leadership to help ensure a full understanding of the proposal by the union membership. Ultimately, we hope the employees will reconsider and support this agreement.

As the current contract extends through Friday, we anticipate business as usual tomorrow at our facilities.

Jim Beam was acquired by the Japanese company Suntory Holdings as part of an estimated $16 billion deal in 2014. 

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