CBC News has learned 103 unionized employees will be laid off at the Diageo plant in Amherstburg.

The layoffs will happen Tuesday. Another 92 people will remain on the job.

The plant bottles Crown Royal whisky.

The company and union are currently negotiating a new collective agreement.

The union alleges the company has stockpiled booze in anticipation of strike and has laid off employees as a result of having excess liquor.

Earlier this month, member of Unifor Local 2098 voted in favour of a strike.

The current collective agreement expires today. Local president D.J. Lacey told CBC Windsor’s Gino Conte that strike deadline has been moved to Feb. 12 and that he’s optimistic a deal can be reached.

In July of last year, Diageo announced it would relocate some bottling operations from Amherstburg to two other plants in the U.S.

Two years ago, the CAW and Diageo worked out a three year contract that guaranteed $1 million in plant upgrades.

Lacey said the No. 1 issue during contract negotiation is job security.