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UPDATE (10/22/16): An accord reached between management and union workers has ended a strike at two Beam distilleries. The settlement satisfies strikers who had been seeking expansion of the work force.
(Originally published 10/15/16)
• From ABC News
... More than 200 union workers walked off their jobs at Beam distilleries at Clermont and Boston in Kentucky after voting Friday to reject the latest contract offer from the world's leading bourbon producer. As the old contract expired, Beam said its contingency plans would keep operations running to maintain the flow of whiskey to distributors and consumers.
As passing motorists honked in support Saturday, striking workers outside the Clermont distillery vented their frustrations.
They said staffing shortages often extend work weeks to 60 to 80 hours to keep up with growing demand for Beam whiskey. The company has turned increasingly to temporary workers, they said, and disregards seniority when assigning veteran employees to new roles or shifts.
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