- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Contract talks have resumed between Jim Beam executives and union officials as a strike at two Kentucky distilleries continues.

United Food and Commercial Workers local president Janelle Mudd said Tuesday that meetings were underway but she declined further comment.

About 250 workers walked off their jobs Saturday at Beam distilleries in Clermont and Boston in Kentucky, a day after voting down the company’s latest contract offer. Those striking workers help fill virtually every step of whiskey making at the plants.

Workers want the company to hire more full-time staff to cut down on overtime needed to keep up with demand for their whiskey.

Beam says unspecified contingency plans will keep operations running at the plants.

The American whiskey brand is owned by Suntory Holdings Ltd., a Japanese beverage company.

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