The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against Castlewood Country Club for engaging in unfair labor practices, “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the (National Labor Relations) Act,” and “failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith.” Workers are marking the 200th day of lockout with a march and rally at the Club on Saturday.
The lockout began 200 days ago over what seemed like a health care dispute, with the club demanding that workers with families pay $739 per month toward their family health care costs, nearly 40% of the workers’ average take-home pay. But during recent negotiations, it has become clear that the dispute is about much more that health care. “The Club recently proposed a contract that basically guts seniority and job security. We, the workers, have refused contracts that hurt our families. This proposal is no different,” says Francisca Carranza, a maintenance worker at the Club.