For Immediate Release: Thursday November 18, 2010
Contact: Nischit Hegde/510-219-6346/[email protected]
Workers, Political Leaders, Clergy call on Club to End Lockout for Holidays
What: Hayride and parade to end the Castlewood Country Club lockout
Who: Assembly member Nancy Skinner, Pleasanton City Councilmember Matt Sullivan, local faith leaders, locked-out Castlewood workers and their families, community and labor allies, Unite Here Local 2850
Where: Parade beginning on the green at Bernal Ave and Main Street in Pleasanton. Procession along Main Street and Sunol Boulevard to Castlewood Country Club, in front of the Valley Golf Course near Castlewood Drive and Foothill Road, Pleasanton CA
When: Sunday November 21, 2010 from 2pm to 4:30pm
Visuals: Horse drawn hayride, marching band, speeches by elected officials, religious leaders presenting food baskets to workers’ families, giant inflatable turkey. Interview opportunities from locked out workers and union representatives, elected officials, and clergy available.
Pleasanton, CA: Locked-out workers from Castlewood Country Club are taking to the streets of downtown Pleasanton this Thanksgiving in a colorful parade and hayride. Armed with a horse-drawn carriage, an inflatable turkey, and a brass band – and accompanied by local political and religious leaders – the workers will call on Castlewood to end its nine-month lockout and let them return to their jobs in time for the holidays.
“The Pleasanton community has supported us so much through this difficult time – churches have collected food for our families, the Mayor and City Council have spoken up for us,” said Castlewood janitor Francisca Carranza. “Now we’re bringing all our allies together to march to the Club and let them know that this has gone on too long. There’s still time for our managers to listen to the community, show compassion for our families, and let us return to work for the holiday season.”
Clergy and lay leaders from eight local churches have gathered food baskets to bring Thanksgiving to locked-out workers’ families, and will conduct a prayer service asking Castlewood managers to open their hearts to the workers and engage in a meaningful conversation about solutions.
Although workers and union representatives have met regularly with Club negotiators, the Club’s proposals have only moved backwards over the course of the lockout. On August 30th, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel issued a complaint against Castlewood Country Club for “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees” and “failing and refusing to bargaining [sic] collectively and in good faith.”
“First my managers tried to make health care so expensive that I’d have to drop my kids from the plan. Then they locked us out and told us they’d only let us come back if we voted out our union. Now they are telling us that they like their temporary workers better than us, and want to be able to lay us off and keep them working in the future,” said cook Angel Melendez. “Through it all, we have stayed strong and found that we have more friends that we ever imagined. That gives us strength to keep on fighting till we win a contract that’s fair for our families.”