At booming Jim Beam, strikers complain of grueling workweeks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A union leader for striking Jim Beam workers in Kentucky says contract talks will resume Tuesday as whiskey workers continue picketing the world’s biggest bourbon producer. Their main complaint is not money, but time – they say they’re being overworked.

Workers voiced their grievances to management at a listening session on Sunday, saying the company needs to hire more full-time workers to keep up with booming demand. United Food and Commercial Workers Local president Janelle Mudd is hoping the next round of talks will settle the dispute. About 250 workers at Beam distilleries in Clermont and Boston in Kentucky walked off jobs Saturday.

The company had no immediate comment Monday. The brand is owned by Suntory Holdings Ltd., a Japanese beverage company.


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