- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A labor leader at Brown-Forman said Thursday the union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the spirits maker of unfair labor practices.

Teamsters Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman told The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/23JqKWe) workers rejected two proposals before the contract ended Feb. 1. He said the union and Brown-Forman previously agreed to a 30-day extension, but after negotiations this week ended in a stalemate, Brown-Forman decided to move forward with its first contract proposal, despite the union’s rejection.

“That means we feel like they broke the law in negotiations,” Zuckerman said. “The National Labor Relations Board will investigate it and determine whether or not they broke the law.”

Brown-Forman spokesman Phil Lynch rejected the idea that the company was unilaterally imposing a contract and said negotiations will continue until the 30-day extension ends.

Asked about the labor board complaint, he said, “We don’t have anything to say about that because we’re not aware of that.”

The local union represents about 200 employees who work between two Brown-Forman facilities in Jefferson County.

Zuckerman said wages, benefits and pensions are points of disagreement with Brown-Forman, which owns Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniel’s.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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