Jim Beam Union Workers to Go On Strike Friday

Oct 12, 2016

Credit Jim Beam

Union workers at one of Kentucky’s biggest bourbon distillers are going on strike.

The decision impacts Jim Beam employees who are members of the local chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

The Kentucky Standard reports 201 workers voted to reject a contract offer by parent company Beam Suntory.

Nineteen voted to accept the offer.

Unless an agreement is reached soon, union workers will go on strike at midnight Friday.

Workers say they plan to protest with picket signs at the Jim Beam facility in Bullitt County, with a possible protest at the facility in Nelson County.

Beam Suntory issued a statement following the strike vote saying the company has worked with employees and a federal mediator to reach an agreement.

The statement said Beam Suntory will continue efforts to resolve the matter “expeditiously.”