Rally this Thursday at Port of Oakland!

THIS THURSDAY!  Rally and Speak-Out

December 6, 4:00-5:30pm

Port of Oakland—540 Water Street

We will come together at the Port Commissioners meeting to, once again, tell the stories of the non-union food service workers at the Oakland Airport.

Union and non-union workers are standing together.  Come join us in the fight for justice.

Update on the Campaign

Non-union food service workers at the Oakland Airport continue to seek a fair process to decide if they want to form a union.  They have called for a boycott of their shops, and have participated in several rallies over the past few months to bring attention to injustices and retaliatory firings.  Workers have filed grievances with all levels of government, and met directly with Port Commissioners to stress the urgency of the situation.

At the same time, UNITE HERE Local 2850 members working in food and retail service at the Oakland Airport have been in ongoing contract negotiations with HMS Host.  Host has proposed a number of takeaways already.  On November 12, workers voted 134-0 to authorize a strike if necessary to win a fair contract.

Janitors and clerical workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 were in their own contract fight for a long time at the Port of Oakland.  Our members have stood with them in solidarity, and this past week the workers represented by SEIU won a fair contract.

Union and non-union workers are standing together to fight for a better future at the Oakland Airport.   These fights are about ensuring that jobs at the Airport are secure, good quality jobs, and that Airport workers are treated with respect and dignity.

Si se puede!

UNITE HERE! Local 2850

Airport Leader Fired! Rally on Friday

11 am – 1:30 pm
Oakland Airport Terminal 2

Joseph Cook, the owner of Jamba Juice at the Oakland Airport, fired union supporter Danielle Ramsey and disciplined one of her co-workers, Mesha Adams, earlier this month in what workers believe is a continuing pattern of antagonism towards them for standing up for their rights at work. Tell Oakland Airport Jamba Juice Owner Joseph Cook that we stand with Danielle!


1) Call Joseph Cook at Centennial Management Corporation, 707-642-7562.

Mr. Cook does not have a direct extension, so please speak with Office Manager Kathy Madison at extension 303 and ask her to convey your message.

Sample call script: Hi, Ms. Madison. My name is ______ and I am calling from _______ for Joseph Cook. I wanted to voice my alarm at the recent actions Mr. Cook has taken against his workers at the Oakland Airport Jamba Juice, and to express my ongoing support for Danielle Ramsey, Mesha Adams and their co-workers. I will be honoring the boycott the workers have called for, until Mr. Cook gives Danielle her job back and agrees to a fair process for his workers to decide whether they want a union. The Oakland community will not stand idly by and watch as Mr. Cook undermines our core values of dignity and respect on the job. I’m urging Mr. Cook to do what’s right for his workers and Oakland.

Please email us at: [email protected] to let us know if you make a call. Thanks!
2) March with Danielle and her co-workers on Friday Oct 26th from 11am to 1:30pm at Oakland International Airport Terminal 2 to educate the community about the retaliation and demand justice for Danielle and other fired workers now!

See the Facebook event.
3) Sign the Boycott Pledge if you haven’t already


On June 27th 2012, non-union concession workers at the Oakland Airport, including Danielle, several of her Jamba Juice co-workers, and workers from the other non-union concessions locations in the Airport, announced to their employers that they were seeking a fair process to decide whether to join a union. Around the same time, Danielle and Mesha filed charges against Jamba Juice for violations of the Oakland living wage ordinance. Since then workers have continued to seek a fair process to decide whether to have a union and have called on consumers to boycott the non-union concessions locations at the airport, including Jamba Juice.

Since Jamba Juice workers stood up for themselves, Jamba Juice has mounted an aggressive campaign toward its workers. Jamba Juice has sought security sanctions against workers who initially raised the issues in June, disciplined or fired workers, cut hours, and required workers to sit through anti-union captive audience meetings.

Stand with Danielle, Mesha and the rest of their Jamba Juice co-workers and tell Jamba Juice owners and management that Oakland won’t stand for these unjust practices. We hope to see you on Friday Oct 26th, from 11-1:30pm at the Oakland Airport Terminal 2 for an Action for Justice!

10/16: Coffee and Donuts at Castlewood

Coffee and Donuts at Castlewood!

Tuesday, October 16 at 6:15 AM

Castlewood Country Club

Join us for coffee and donuts, and to show the workers some love on their way in to their first day back at work!

Remember, though, the fight is not over. The workers still don’t have a new contract or an agreement with the club on back wages. Ending the lockout is obviously an important step and this is a chance to celebrate the hard work of everyone in getting to this point.

UNITE HERE Local 2850

10/1 Casino San Pablo Action

Casino Workers Speak Out at San Pablo City Council

Monday, October 1st, 6PM

13831 San Pablo Avenue • San Pablo, CA 94806
On August 29, 2012, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a Complaint charging that Casino San Pablo has engaged in numerous unfair labor practices under Federal law. The complaint charges that the casino has interfered with, restrained, and coerced employees in the exercise of their Federally-protected rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).

A sample of the additional allegations included in the complaint by the NLRB General Counsel include that the casino has:

–          unlawfully interrogated an employee;

–          called the police on union representatives who were lawfully on casino property;

–          failed and refused to provide the union with required information;

–          maintained unlawful work rules;

–          unlawfully failed to provide health benefits to a number of eligible employees;

This NLRB complaint comes as the casino continues to generate higher and higher revenues while workers wages have stagnated. In fiscal year 2010-2011, the casino had Gross Gaming Revenues of $181 million, while in 2010 the average wage for UNITE HERE Local 2850 members at the casino was only $9.50 an hour.

Join casino workers as they speak out for justice!

And be sure to check out our website for updates on the campaign:  www.sharesanpablo.org

LOCKOUT FOUND ILLEGAL! Action Wedneday 5 pm!

Wednesday, August 22, 5 pm
Castlewood Country Club Valley Course

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.

8/31: Labor Day Airport Action + Boycott Launch!

Friday, August 31, 11 am – 1 pm
Oakland Airport Terminal 2

Over the past two months, non-union food service workers at the Oakland Airport have been standing up for justice on the job. They’ve filed claims alleging violations of state and local labor laws, and demanded a fair process to decide whether to join a union, free from employer intimidation. Check out great coverage of the campaign from the East Bay Express, In These Times, and KPFA!

Since workers went public with their demands, Hakima Arhab and Bikram Thapa – both Subway employees active in the campaign – were fired. Other workers have seen their hours cut, or have received citations from the Port of Oakland for coming into the airport on their days off to speak with their employers about problems on the job. The Port, the State of California, and the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board are investigating claims about violations of the law. But in the meantime, workers are continuing their struggle for fairness and dignity – and are calling for a consumer boycott of their employers (see below for a complete list).

Join UNITE HERE 2850 and airport workers for a Labor Day action to launch the boycott!


Check out our new airport campaign page to learn more about the workers and their stories!

For questions or rides, contact Lian Alan at l[email protected] or 510-219-6491.

Workers are calling on airport consumers not to patronize the following businesses until they agree to a fair process for employees to decide whether to be represented by a union:

• See’s Candies
• Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
• Gordon Biersch
• Jamba Juice
• Subway
• Otaez
• Burger King
• World Passage Duty Free
• Silver Dragon
• Tech Showcase