Jim Beam distillery workers won some relief from grueling hours and defeated a two-tier wage scale by going on the first strike in company history.
The 252 workers at Jim Beam’s two Kentucky factories start from the raw corn, rye, and barley; sort, grind, roast, ferment, and distill it; pack it into charred barrels; age it in warehouses; process it for flavor and alcohol content; and bottle it for distribution.
They walked out for a week in October after overwhelmingly rejecting two contract proposals.
It’s called the Independent Drivers Guild—but the new organization for New York City’s estimated 35,000 Uber drivers is “independent” in name only.
Co-founded by Uber and the Machinists union, it's not a union, it has no collective bargaining rights, and it receives financial support from Uber.
Just how much support, we don’t know, since Uber and the Machinists won’t release their agreement—not even to drivers.
The company has announced plans to lay off 600 employees—half the plant’s workforce—and outsource production to Mexico.