Four Roses union workers go on strike following failed negotiations

Published: Sep. 7, 2018 at 3:29 PM EDT
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Dozens of Four Roses union workers went on strike Friday afternoon after a 100 percent vote authorizing the work stoppage Thursday.

On strike are approximately 53 union workers at the Lawrenceburg distillery and at the company's warehouse and bottling facility in Bullitt County.

The three unions involved in the strike are UFCW Local 10D, UFCW Local 23D and NCFO 320.

The strike comes after the union leaders said negotiations failed between the workers and Four Roses.

Jeff Royalty, president of UFCW Local 10D, said they take issue with the company's desire to switch to a two-tier system that would affect new hires.

"It creates animosity and it's like a cancer. It will eat away at the union. It will dissolve the family atmosphere," Royalty said. "These people behind me, they're not just co-workers, they're family."

Union members are unhappy with proposed changes to sick leave, seniority rights, and how vacation time is earned.

Four Roses recently completed a $55 million expansion that will double capacity.

"The company's booming and they're only wanting to offer us two dollars over a five-year period, and last time we got $2.50, and we feel like that's a slap in our faces," said Four Roses employee Joe Marshall.

Four Roses declined to comment on the planned strike.