NLRB Cites Castlewood for Restraining and Coercing Workers

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.

Woodfin Workers Win backwages!

The four-year fight over Emeryville’s hotel living wage is over! EBASE and the workers announce settlement with the Woodfin! From EBASE:

Today, EBASE and the workers, Unite Here 2850, and the Woodfin Suites Hotel announced a settlement agreement which puts an end to this conflict and protects Measure C moving forward. The workers are very happy with the agreement and are currently submitting claim forms. Here’s the text of our joint press statement:

Woodfin Suite Hotels and EBASE today announced that a settlement had been reached in the litigation between Woodfin, the City of Emeryville, and the workers assisted by EBASE over claims related to Emerville’s Measure C, an ordinance setting labor standards for Emervyville hotels. Workers during the time period in question will be receiving claim forms in the mail in order to participate in the settlement. EBASE and UNITE HERE 2850 has called off its boycott activities. The parties praised mediator William Cahill and each other for bringing the long-running dispute to an end.

And here’s what worker leader Luz had to say:

“We are very proud to have fought for living wages and immigrant rights, and we are very happy with this agreement. To all who have supported us during these four years: thank you so much!”

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