From left: Bill Londrigan, KY AFL-CIO president; Glen Cissell; Les Hurst; and Jeff Wiggins, KY AFL-CIO treasurer (photo provided by Bill Londrigan)

'Tremendous' union support for Heaven Hill strikers

The strike should get more national attention, says AFL-CIO president

Berry Craig
Berry Craig

A month-long strike at one of the country’s biggest distilleries merits more national media attention than it has received, says Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president.

Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23D have been walking picket lines at the historic Heaven Hill distillery in Bardstown since Sept. 11.

“So far, it hasn’t gotten the publicity other large strikes have—like the one at Mondelez-Nabiscolast month and the current strike at Kellogg,” Londrigan said. “Just because Bardstown is a little off the beaten path doesn’t mean the strike doesn’t deserve front-and-center attention.

“A lot of workers have been at this facility for many, many years. They feel like they are not getting fair treatment at this juncture and they are engaging in their right to strike.”

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Berry Craig

Berry Craig is a professor emeritus of history at West KY Community College, and an author of seven books and co-author of two more. (Read the rest on the Contributors page.)