Contra Costa Times: No end in sight in year-old Pleasanton country club dispute

It has been a year since cooks, servers, dishwashers and other hospitality workers at Castlewood Country Club were locked out in a labor dispute that seems to have no end in sight.

Since Feb. 25 last year, workers and supporters have maintained a near-daily vigil at the club with sign-holding workers and supporters reminding residents and management that they are not going away.

Workers, union leaders, elected government officials, religious leaders and a brass band observed the anniversary Saturday with a rally at the normally serene hillside club southwest of the city limits.

Club officials say they are optimistic about the prospects for a new contract, but union leaders say Castlewood offers are getting progressively worse.

Health coverage was the main issue in renewing the contract, which covered workers who averaged $12.50 an hour and worked from 16 to 172 hours per month. The contract ended in September 2009 and had fully covered medical benefits for workers with a minimum amount of hours, said Sarah Norr, representative for Unite Here! Hospitality Workers Union Local 2850, which covers about 60 club workers.

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