Amid strike, Heaven Hill workers announce tentative agreement

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By the Bourbon flight

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)The union of 420 Heaven Hill distillery workers who have been on strike at the company’s main plant in Bardstown, announced Friday a new tentative agreement between the company and UFCW Local 23D, the union of these workers, on a five-year contract.

“UFCW Local 23D has reached a fully recommended tentative agreement with Heaven Hill on a five-year contract,” said UFCW Local 23D President Matt Aubrey. “With the strong support of the Bardstown community, these hardworking men and women have come together for more than a month to protect these good Kentucky jobs that their families have relied on for generations. Workers will make their voices heard tomorrow in the vote on this tentative agreement. »

UFCW Local 23D has been negotiating with Heaven Hill for over 6 months to reach an agreement. In July 2021, the union called on a federal mediator to join the process to help advance talks with the company. On September 9, Heaven Hill workers voted on the company’s latest proposal and 96% of workers rejected the contract proposal. The strike began on September 11.

Earlier this week, the company said it planned to hire permanent replacement distillery workers because contract negotiations with its unionized workers had not resulted in an agreement.

Neither Kentucky-based Heaven Hill nor union officials provided details Friday of the tentative contract agreement.

“The agreement extends the company’s long-standing commitment to its team members with industry-leading healthcare, salary growth and increased schedule flexibility,” the company said in a statement Friday.

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