Crown Royal lovers, you may want to re-stock your shelves, soon.
Workers at the plant in Gimli are now in the second month of their strike, after rejecting Diageo’s final offer on Friday.
President of UFCW Local 832 Jeff Traeger tells 680 CJOB Crown Royal hasn’t been produced since the beginning of March.
“I don’t know what kind of stock they keep. As you know the product is aged for 12 years. However, as time moves forward the 12 year product is then shipped out to be bottled and put on the shelves. So at some point soon, I’d suspect that there would start to be a shortage.”
He notes the company shut down the plant the day before the strike began on March 5th and no shipments for bottling have been made in a month.
Traeger says workers were disappointed with the company’s final offer. But he adds, once the strike hits 60 days they’ll apply to the labor board for an independent arbitrator to impose a one year deal.
At the heart of the dispute are vacation time, wages, pensions and long-term disability coverage. Diageo has yet to comment.
Last year, Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye was named the World Whisky of the Year for 2016 by Murray’s Annual Whisky Bible.
This is the first time the title has gone to a Canadian brand.