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Jim Beam lovers may want to stock up on their favorite spirit.

Union workers at two of the company’s distilleries have voted to authorize a labor strike.  Friday is the deadline -- if a new contract is not agreed upon, workers may strike as early as Saturday.

A prolonged strike, one that lasts several weeks, would result in Jim Beam bourbon product shortages on store shelves, experts said.

Jim Beam has until October 14 to work out a deal with the United Food and Commercial Workers union.  So far, negotiations have taken 33 days.

“We are seeking to understand the reasons why the union membership voted down this competitive two-year contract proposal unanimously recommended by their own representatives,” said Jim Beam spokesman Kevin Smith. “The proposal includes substantial wage increases, coupled with other enhancements including elimination of the two-tiered wage system for almost all employees.”

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