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Castlewood-union talks fail with worker lockout, picket lines continuing
Country club toughens offer made in December, which hotel/restaurant workers' union already rejected
The lockout of hourly unionized workers at Castlewood Country Club is continuing after a two-hour meeting Tuesday between union leaders and club management failed to break a stalemate over terms of a new contract.
Union representatives who were at the meeting said the club's negotiating team actually backtracked on a proposal it offered in December, adding new conditions, said UniteHere! Local 2850 President Wei-Ling Huber.
"We had hoped that they would have a response to the last proposal that was made, which was a proposal we made on February 25," Huber said. "They are moving back to the proposal they made on December 23, which is a proposal that's worse than their February proposal."
Huber said the company added four additional conditions.
"The most important one was one that would allow the company to sub-contract union jobs more easily through outside companies," she said.
Asked what it would take to end the picketing, Huber said: "Return the workers to work and agree to a 60-day cooling off period. The union thought that would give us time to resolve the bargaining issues. We would cease the demonstrations, the workers would go back to work and we would begin the contract bargaining during the cooling off period."
She said the company would not accept that offer.
"If there was a straight up or down vote, the workers--100 percent of them--would go back to work, but the company is conditioning that on them (the locked out workers) accepting the last and final offer made in December, which includes $739 in health care costs per family plus the four additional proposals that were made," Huber said.
She said that's unacceptable to the employees.
Castlewood General Manager Jerry Olson could not be reached for comment on Tuesday's meeting.
Huber said another meeting will be set up when the two sides can match their schedules, but she's doubtful any solution will come from more meetings with Olson and the company's attorney, David Murphy.
"I think that the resolution will have to be when the membership of the club and the board realize what's happening is ultimately not good for the club," she said.
Workers have been locked out of Castlewood since Feb. 25. The union's three-year contract expired in July 2008, but was extended an additional year by the club.
Meanwhile, the union is awaiting a decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on complaints made before the lockout began.
"We believe the company brought in a subcontracting company (and) they outsourced work that was previously done by union workers," Huber said. "They sent laundry out to another company and they brought in a cleaning company to clean the kitchen. As a result of that, a dishwasher and a maintenance worker were laid off."
She said the union filed a grievance on behalf of Francisca Carranza, a janitor at Castlewood, and filed an additional complaint with the NLRB.
"The NLRB has been taking witnesses for testimony for about a month now," Huber said.
She added that back pay for Carranza is one of the key issues before the labor board.
Tuesday's negotiating session followed by a day a "community meeting" hosted by the union at the Pleasanton Public Library. At that meeting, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty called on the country club to resume negotiations with the union.
"I believe this whole thing is unnecessary," he said, noting that he opposes all lockouts. "I still believe that if we could get a couple of pizzas and some calm minds at the table, we could work this out," Haggerty told the 30 people who attended, mainly union workers.
He said the lockout is a drain on county health care and social services.
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Posted by CONCERNED
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm
The following proposals appear on a flyer distributed by the workers to anyone willing to take one. After reading the proposals, I had some questions and thoughts for both sides, I have listed some of them below the proposals
What is the Difference in Cost between Castlewood Country Club and the Union's Proposal regarding Insurance and Raises ?
UNDER OLD CONTRACT
Monthly cost of Providing Medical to the 39 workers who qualified because they worked at least 80 hours or 16 shifts per month. In 2009 not every worker qualified every month
- Single coverage (avg. # per mo.) 12 workers @ $544.24 cost per wkr. $6,531
- Family coverage (avg. # per mo.) 24 workers @ $922.11 cost per wkr. $22,131
- Total Cost per month $28,662
UNDER UNION PROPOSAL
Monthly cost of providing medical ONLY to the 33 workers who work full time
- Single coverage (worker pays $25) 14 workers Club pays $371.91 $5,206
- Single plus 1 (worker pays $125) 7 workers Club pays $658.84 $4,612
- Full Family (worker pays $225) 12 workers Club pays $990.99 $11,892
- Total Monthly cost $21,710
Additional savings by instituting a longer waiting period for new hires
- # of people hired each year (based on 2008) 8
- # of additional months for each worker to wait before he or she has coverage 4
- Average cost of medical per worker per month $796
- Total savings per year $25,472
- Total savings per month $ 2,123
Total Monthly cost of Union Proposal $19,587 ($21,710 - $2,123)
UNDER CLUB MANAGEMENT'S PROPOSALl
Monthly cost of providing medical ONLY to the 33 workers who work full time
- Single coverage (worker pays $0) 14 workers Club pays $396.91 $5,557
- Single plus 1 (worker pays $366) 7 workers Club pays $436.91 $3,058
- Full Family (worker pays $739) 12 workers Club pays $476.91 $5,723
- Total Monthly cost of medical insurance $14,338
Additional cost by increasing wages for full-time workers by
$1/hour as offered by Club on February 25th, 2010
- Additional wages each month 37 workers, Avg. hours per worker 149.79 = $5,542
- Plus payroll taxes @ 12% =$602
- Total Monthly cost of Club management's Proposal $20,482
*The 33 fulltime workers v. the 37 fulltime workers
4 of the fulltime workers choose to not participate in healthcare
-Why is the Club offering to pay 100% of the cost for single coverage insurance ?
-Why is the Union only offering "worker pays $25" towards the cost of single coverage insurance ?
Both the Union and the Club's proposals re: worker contribution towards the cost of single coverage insurance is unacceptable $125 per month contribution from worker for single coverage sounds more like it. As far as the "Single plus one coverage" and the "Full family coverage", the proposal by the union is exactly that, "a proposal". On a green paper flyer distributed by the workers, two workers state "we are willing to pay more but there is no way we can afford Castlewoods proposal." I believe the workers are ultimately willing to pay more than the current proposal but I know the workers averaging $12.05 per hour wages cannot pay $739 per month for family coverage.
I'm not totally convinced the "additional saving instituted by the longer waiting peroids .." under the Union Proposal will actually play out as suggested. The proposed saving totaled $2,123 per month, just for kicks remove that savings from the union proposal, so lets go with the "pre-savings " monthly amount provided, $21,710. If the14 single workers contribute $100 more, if the 7 single plus 1 workers contribute $75 more and the 12 full family workers contribute$75 more = these additional contributions by workers total $2,825 per month Reduce the $21,710 by $2,825 = $18,825, thats less than the $20,482
club proposal (including $1/hr increase). OK, just for fun, what if club member paid $5 more per month dues (600 members = $3,000) lets reduce the $18,825 by $3000 = $15,825. Thats only $1,487 more than the $14,338 offered to pay for workers coverage.
The workers contribute more, the members kick in approx. $5 bucks each and the Top 2 or 3 management at the club take a 2% annual pay cut and the $1,487 disappears.These are just a few suggestions from a layman, IM SURE THE PROS COULD DO A LOT BETTER, ID LIKE THEM TO RESUME TRYING, I BELIEVE WE CAN WORK THIS OUT, LETS WORK TOGETHER TO BRIDGE THE GAP. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ MY THOUGHTS/SUGGESTIONS.
- Why can't the Club apply the proposed wage increase (totaling over $5,500 per month) to the cost of medical insurance ?