San Jose Mercury News: Two dozen arrested in labor demonstration at Pleasanton’s Castlewood Country Club

mona gets arrestedJune 23, 2011

PLEASANTON — Demonstrators blocked the street near Castlewood Country Club on Thursday morning, leading to the arrest of about two dozen people demanding an end to a lockout of the club’s union service workers.

Thursday’s actions were the first acts of civil disobedience in the 16-month lockout, coming at the start of the club’s four-day Men’s Invitational golf tournament, one of the Castlewood’s biggest annual member events.

Since the lockout began, demonstrations have been held almost daily. Leaders of Unite Here Hospitality Workers Union Local 2850, which covers about 60 of the club’s cooks, servers, dishwashers and other hospitality workers, decided to ramp up the pressure on club officials with Thursday’s protest.

“If we don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace,” was one of the chants coming Thursday from a crowd of more than 150 demonstrators, who carried signs and marched.

About 20 locked-out workers were in the crowd, along with family, friends, religious groups and members of other unions, union leaders said. Read the full article.