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Jim Beam workers picket after rejecting company contract offer

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CLERMONT, Ky. (WDRB) – There is still no agreement between the world's largest bourbon distillery and its employees.

Workers started picketing after they rejected a contract offer.

The employees say the offer did not address their concerns about extra overtime and the use of temporary workers. Pay is not the big concern.

“The way people are treated here and the atmosphere that’s in the place and working the hours that I worked. You really need to have your family life along with your work life,” said Bill Mattingly, a Jim Beam employee for more than a decade.

The union president says some employees are required to work more than 70 hours a week.

Beam Suntory Inc., the parent company of Jim Beam, released a statement Friday night: 

“Our valued team members in Clermont and Boston voted down a revised contract negotiated in good faith all day yesterday and agreed to with union leaders. As a result, we have no choice but to implement our contingency plans to help ensure the continuity of our operations and supply of our products for our distributors, customers and consumers. Given our inventories and contingency plans, we currently do not anticipate shortages of Jim Beam or any other products made at these facilities.  We hope that these team members will reconsider the attractive terms offered and ultimately support the proposal.” - David Hunter, chief supply chain officer for Beam Suntory

The workers want Jim Beam to hire more full-time employees and not rely on temporary workers.

“We love Jim Beam. We love our jobs our company and we’re not doing this to hurt the company. We just want to be heard,” said Janelle Mudd, union president.

Mudd says employees will have an informal meeting with the company on Sunday.

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