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Jim Beam workers: Company lacks family values

Monday, workers at both the company’s Boston and Clermont facilities continued to hold up signs calling out the company for a lack of family values. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Monday, workers at both the company’s Boston and Clermont facilities continued to hold up signs calling out the company for a lack of family values. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Karen Wilmouth (Source: WAVE 3 News) Karen Wilmouth (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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CLERMONT, KY (WAVE) - After three days on strike, Jim Beam union representatives plan to meet with the company and a federal mediator Tuesday to negotiate.

Monday, workers at both the company’s Boston and Clermont facilities continued to hold up signs calling out the company for a lack of family values.

Karen Wilmouth has been at Jim Beam for nine years and said the conditions have gotten progressively worse.

"They always made sure we had some weekends off and time with family and that has just gone flat down the drain,” Wilmouth said. 

Jim Beam's welcome sign reads, “Come as a friend, leave as family.”

“There's no family right there,” Jason Mulloy, a six-year employee said. “The family's right here." 

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Family is the reason Mulloy was standing alongside dozens of co-workers outside the Clermont plant.

"I used to coach my kids in basketball. I had to quit doing that because I'm living at work,” Mulloy said. “Each contract gets worse and this time it's really bad." 

While the 252 workers have laid out lawn chairs, water and food provisions on the side of the road for a long strike, the company called Sunday night's discussion, “not a negotiation but a meeting to help clarify points of disagreement.”

The negotiation comes Tuesday.

“We remain committed to doing what we can to promote a timely resolution that is in the interest of our union employees and our business,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. 

"Without us there, they're obviously not going to get the numbers they need, and production has gone crazy lately,” Wilmouth said. 

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Beam Suntory, Jim Beam’s parent company, said it has a contingency plan, but hasn't elaborated. Workers said they doubt it exists.

"I think they'll feel it quickly,” Mulloy said of the strike. “We are what runs these lines.”

Wilmouth said the workers just want to feel valued. 

"We have to have our family time,” she said. “We have to have our respect and the honesty and trust that anyone needs to make a business go."

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