Maren Winter/iStock/Thinkstock(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A strike is imminent for workers at a pair of Jim Beam whiskey distilleries after another round of voting could not resolve an ongoing labor dispute.
Hours before the existing contract was set to expire for the world’s largest bourbon producer, union workers at distilleries in Clermont and Boston rejected a revised deal.
Union workers said they were set to start manning picket lines early Saturday after differences over job security, failure to recognize seniority, and poor labor scheduling could not be resolved.
The company said Friday night that it would carry out “contingency plans” to keep operations running at the two distilleries.
The American whiskey brand is owned by Suntory Holdings, a Japanese beverage company.
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