Holiday Inn Concord: New Name, Same Grinch Tactics

Workers sing carols; ask hotel to show holiday spirit by restoring health benefits.

When: Thursday December 16, 4:45pm- 6:15pm.

Where: Holiday Inn Concord, 1050 Burnett Ave Concord CA.

What: Holiday Inn Concord workers sing carols for justice, calling on the hotel to show compassion over the holidays by restoring affordable health benefits for workers’ families.

“Even though our hotel’s name is changing to Red Lion, the managers are still the same Grinches who took away our families’ affordable health insurance. Whatever they call themselves, the whole community will keep boycotting them till they give back our health care,” said Brian King, Holiday Inn Concord server.

Visuals: Workers singing holiday carols for justice at the front door of the hotel, 8-foot Grinch puppet, holiday food and beverages.
Background: In late December 2010, the Holiday Inn Concord will change franchises and become the Red Lion Hotel Concord. The owners and management company, Elite Concord LLC, remain the same. Elite Concord been embroiled in a long dispute with its union workers, who are members of UNITE HERE Local 2850.

In July 2009, management imposed its “Last and Final” proposal on workers, placing healthcare costs for families at over $730/ month. Holiday Inn Concord workers called for a boycott of their own hotel in March of 2009. The boycott will remain in effect, regardless of the name change, for as long as workers continue to fight for a fair contract and affordable medical benefits. Workers hold regular pickets early in the morning and in the evenings outside the hotel and contact clients to let them know how the hotel has put health care out of reach for their families.

Contact: Lian Alan, 510-219-6491- [email protected]

Candlelight Procession at Castlewood

Saturday, December 18 · 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Castlewood Dr between Foothill Rd and Pleasanton-Sunol Rd
Pleasanton, CA

Join locked-out Castlewood Country Club workers for a candlelight procession to call on the Club to let the workers return to work in time for the holiday season. Come share holiday treats, songs and a posada (Mexican Christmas pageant). Bring a toy to share with workers’ children!

Please also consider making a donation to the workers’ hardship fund. Donations make great holiday gifts! Checks can be made out to the Alameda Labor Council, with “Castlewood” in the memo line, and sent to 100 Hegenberger Road, Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94621.

This Christmas will mark Castlewood workers’ tenth month on lockout. “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. Then they told us that they liked their temporary workers better than us, and wanted 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.” (Photo by David Bacon.)

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Thanksgiving March and Hayride to Castlewood

End the Lockout Now!

This Thanksgiving, Castlewood Country Club workers have been locked out for 9 MONTHS! They are standing strong and fighting to return to work with a fair contract that protects them and their families.

Join Castlewood workers, community members, faith leaders, and other union sisters and brothers on Sunday November 21 from 2-4:30 pm for a march and hayride from downtown Pleasanton to Castlewood Country Club to call on the club to end the lockout and sign a fair contract now! Read more

Picketline and CALL IN! Tell Deep Foundation/ ACE Mentor not to cross!

On Monday, Oct. 25th, the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the ACE Mentor Program – two construction industry groups – plan to hold a tournament at Castlewood. They have refused to move their event despite repeated appeals from workers, construction unions, and community leaders. Join us for a community picket from as we urge participants not to cross the picket line! Meet at the corner of Castlewood Drive and Foothill Road (park along Pleasanton-Sunol Road and walk up Castlewood Drive).

*****TAKE ACTION! CALL IN!!******
Another opportunity for you to show support is to call the leaders of DFI and ACE and tell them to honor the workers’ picket lines and move their event. Please call:

Teresa Rappaport
DFI Executive Director
973.423.4030 (She is on Eastern Standard Time. Ask to be connected to her office phone)
Julie Goodwin

ACE Program’s Board Secretary and contact person for their golf tournament
415.398-3833 (Ask to be connected to her office phone)

We have called them, emailed them, sent them packets, and workers met with Julie Goodwin. Drop us a line and let us know how the conversation went.

If you have questions please email [email protected] or call me at 415-863-1142.

Support Holiday Inn Concord Workers September 25

Join Holiday Inn Concord Workers at a picket this Sat. Sept 25th 7:30am-9am to ask “Bulldog Club of N. Cal.” to honor their boycott of the hotel.

Bring your dog out to the picket! 1050 Burnett Ave., Concord, California.