Dear brothers and sisters,
In an August 17 decision, Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson of the National Labor Relations Board found that Castlewood Country Club has maintained an illegal lockout since August 10, 2010. He recommended that the NLRB order Castlewood to reinstate the locked-out workers and pay them two years of back wages and benefits.
Join us for a picket to celebrate the ruling and call on Castlewood to bring its workers back!
“We’ve been saying for two years that Castlewood wasn’t giving us a fair chance to get our jobs back. Now Judge Anderson is saying the same thing. I hope this will be a wake-up call to the golfers that they need to stop stalling and put us back to work,” said Castlewood cook Carlos Mejia.
Anderson wrote, “I find that that the Club had abandoned its earlier good faith bargaining for a new contract and, as of August 10, 2010, the Respondent was no longer bargaining in good faith with an intent to reach an agreement. Rather, it was unlawfully endeavoring to frustrate the bargaining process and reduce the possibility of the parties arriving at any agreement . . . I further find that the Respondent’s conduct on that date and the positions taken in bargaining on that day were undertaken because of its animus toward the Union and animus to the locked out employees who supported the Union in bargaining.”
We hope that this decision will prompt Castlewood to bring the workers back and agree to a fair contract. But it’s also possible that the Club will try to prolong the case. (For more detail on Judge Anderson’s decision and the legal process, see our FAQ on the decision.)
“We’re thrilled about the decision, but we know we could still have a long fight in front of us,” said Castlewood janitor Francisca Carranza. “We need our friends in the community to stand behind us as much as ever.”
Hasta la Victoria!
UNITE HERE Local 2850
P.S. For questions or rides, contact Sarah Norr at 510-502-5344 or [email protected]
P.P.S. HELP WORKERS STAY IN THE FIGHT – DONATE TO THE CASTLEWOOD HARDSHIP FUND TODAY! The Fund is running low and could really use your support – especially to help with medical bills for workers who have lost health coverage because of the lockout.