According to the Courier-Journal of Louisville, workers at two Jim Beam bourbon whiskey plants in Kentucky began a strike on September 15. The twist here is that the strike is because of too much work – the workers want the company to hire more full-time employees to reduce the overtime. The strike comes after negotiations for a new contract to replace one that expired in August. According to a local representative of the United Food and Commercial Workers union who was on the scene, the company’s slogan has always been “come in as friends, leave as family.” She said, “That’s the way we want to be treated: like family.” The company says it has contingency plans to keep operations running at the two facilities, and maybe most importantly to some, “No shortages of the company’s famous bourbon whisky are expected.” That’s a relief.
UPDATE: Let the whiskey flow! The strike ended on Friday, October 21.