Jim Beam union employees hit the picket line

Published: Oct. 15, 2016 at 12:23 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2016 at 1:56 PM EDT
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CLERMONT, KY (WAVE) – Union employees at Jim Beam are now on  strike. They took to the picket line at midnight Friday.

President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 111D Janelle Mudd said 174 employees voted to strike, while 46 voted to accept the company's contract.

The contract dispute involves members at both Jim Beam facilities in Clermont and Boston.

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Following the decision to strike, Mudd released a statement that read in part: "While there are numerous reasons for this decision, the main issues we wish to resolve reflect the family values and heritage upon which the Jim Beam brand is based. We seek a better work/life balance. We strive to protect our positions and seniority so as to ensure our future. We want management changes that will improve safety and quality. And, we need a contract in which all language is clear and concise to avoid future misinterpretations."

"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," Chief supply chain officer for Beam Suntory David Hunter said in a statement issued Friday evening. "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."

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