Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jim Beam Strikers Complain of Grueling Workweeks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jim Beam Strikers Complain of Grueling Workweeks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. * Striking Jim Beam workers kept picketing the world's largest bourbon producer on Monday, ahead of another round of talks that a union leader hopes will resolve their complaints about being overworked.

The dispute has splashed some disharmony on the whiskey sector's good times. The workers say the company has refused to hire more full-time workers and that demand for Beam whiskey has them putting in 60 to 80 hours a week to keep up.

"It is really booming right now," United Food and Commercial Workers local president Janelle Mudd said by phone Monday.

"Maybe they didn't take into account growing the workforce as the demand grew. But we have been talking to them about this issue for a long time."

Contract talks are scheduled to resume Tuesday after workers voiced grievances at a management listening session on Sunday, Mudd said. …

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