Heaven Hill Reaches Agreement With Union on Contract
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BREAKING: Heaven Hill Reaches ‘Tentative Agreement’ With Union on Contract After 6 Weeks of Strikes

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After six weeks of strikes, Heaven Hill says it has come to an agreement with the union representing its employees.

Six weeks of worker strikes, a restraining order and a flipped truck later, Heaven Hill appears to have come to a contract agreement with UFCW 23D, the union representing its employees.

The company released a statement Friday morning, per WDRB.com, saying that the company and union had reached a “tentative agreement” on a new contract. According to the statement, the contract is a five-year agreement and received the full recommendation of the UFCW negotiating committee.

“The agreement continues Heaven Hill’s long-standing commitment to its team members with industry-leading health care, wage growth and increased schedule flexibility,” Heaven Hill said in its statement.

UFCW members will vote on the contract Saturday.

This news comes as a bit of a surprise, considering we are a mere three days removed from Heaven Hill releasing a very different statement, in which it said it would begin hiring permanent bottling and warehouse employees to replace striking workers. In that statement, the company said it had negotiated “in good faith,” a claim the union directly refuted. The union said it had filed Unfair Labor Practices charges against Heaven Hill with the National Labor Relations Board. Yet, here we are, just a few days later, with an apparent contract agreement. It seems most likely, given the union’s continued refusal to back down, that Heaven Hill was the one to compromise and give up its ground in the negotiations. That’s just speculation, however.

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.