Jim Beam workers ready to strike

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Another round of voting produced the same results in a labor dispute for the company behind Jim Beam whiskey, as workers at two Kentucky distilleries rejected a revised contract offer Friday with a strike looming.

The vote by union workers at Beam distilleries in Clermont and Boston came hours before the existing contract was set to expire for the world’s largest bourbon producer.

United Food and Commercial Workers union official Tommy Ballard said Friday evening that workers rejected the revised contract proposal by a wide margin.

Union workers were prepared to start manning picket lines early today, he said.

Ballard declined to say what changes the company made to the offer.

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