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They said staffing shortages often extend work weeks to 60 to 80 hours to keep up with growing demand for Beam whiskey. The company has turned increasingly to temporary workers, they said, and disregards seniority when assigning veteran employees to new roles or shifts.
The company said it hoped union workers would reconsider the contract offer, which included pay increases. It said the revised offer dealt with workers’ concerns on such issues as overtime and temporary workers. It did not immediately comment Saturday as the strike began.
Seniority should never be the consideration for a position.
1981, President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers who ignored his order to return to work.