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Agreement Ends Five Week Heaven Hill Strike

420 members will vote on the agreement on Saturday

Brian Young's picture
Oct 22, 2021

Over a month ago UFCW members who work at Heaven Hill distilleries went out on strike. The 420 members were fighting for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Now five weeks later a tentative agreement has been reached to end the strike.

According to a statement from UFCW Local 23D President Matt Aubrey:

"UFCW Local 23D has reached a fully recommended tentative agreement with Heaven Hill on a five-year contract. With the strong support of the Bardstown community, these hardworking men and women have been standing together for more than a month to protect these good Kentucky jobs that their families have counted on for generations. Heaven Hill workers will make their voices heard tomorrow when they vote on this tentative agreement."

The agreement is a huge 180 after the company announced earlier in the week that they were planning to hire permanent scabs to replace the union workers and a non-union truck driver overturned a truck carrying flammable materials after attempting to flip off the strikers last week.  One has to wonder if the current tight job market showed the company that it might be easier to just negotiate with the union, then hire 420 new employees.

“With the strong support of the Bardstown community, these hardworking men and women have been standing together for more than a month to protect these good Kentucky jobs that their families have counted on for generations," Aubrey said. "Heaven Hill workers will make their voices heard tomorrow when they vote on this tentative agreement.”

The union will present the agreement to the members and hold the ratification vote on Saturday meaning that if they approve the contract they would be back to work on Monday. Details of the contract have not been released publicly yet.

Heaven Hill, the fourth-largest spirits supplier in the United States that produces bourbon for brands such as Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna.

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