September 15, 2021
From Popular Resistance

Above Photo: Different kinds of Kentucky bourbon whiskey are seen at the office of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in Frankfort, Kentucky, Nov. 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Wang Ying via Getty Images)

Around 400 union distillery workers in Bardstown, Kentucky, hit the picket line yesterday after rejecting a contract offer from Heaven Hill Distilleries, which included healthcare price hikes that reduce take-home pay, cuts to overtime, and drastic scheduling changes. Heaven Hill produces some of the most popular bourbon brands in the world, including Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Old Fitzgerald. According to the website Inc. Fact, the company averages annual profits of over $500 million.

In this mini-cast, we talk with Matt Aubrey, president of UFCW Local 23D, to get an update on the strike and workers’ demands.