Let’s Toast: Striking Jim Beam Workers Accept New Contract

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Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by The Associated Press on October 21, 2016.

Striking Jim Beam workers at two Kentucky distilleries have accepted a contract offer, ending a walkout that lasted nearly a week.

United Food and Commercial Workers union official Tommy Ballard says workers approved the proposal on a 204-19 vote Friday and will return to work Monday. The strike began last Saturday when Beam workers at two distilleries turned down a prior offer.

The workers’ main complaint with the world’s leading bourbon producer was not money but time. The union wanted more full-time workers hired, rather than a greater reliance on temporary workers.

Ballard says the company’s newest offer includes a commitment to hire more full-time staff. …

SF Chronicle 10/21

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