Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson of the National Labor Relations Board has found that Castlewood Country Club has maintained an illegal lockout since August 10, 2010.
In a written opinion issued Aug. 17, he recommended that the NLRB order Castlewood to reinstate the locked-out workers and pay them two years of back wages and benefits.
Back pay, according to estimates, could total more than $3 million in wages and benefits.
Judge Anderson gave Castlewood 28 days from the time of his finding to either accept the terms and pay the workers, or move forward with an appeal.
"We've been saying for two years that Castlewood wasn't giving us a fair chance to get our jobs back," said locked-out Castlewood cook Carlos Mejia. "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," he added.
Anderson's opinion states: "I find that that the (Castlewood Country) 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."
In a press released issued by the union, UNITE HERE! Local 2850, its leader Sarah Norr urged community supporters to join locked-out workers and other union members at 5 p.m. Wednesday "to demand an end to Castlewood's illegal 2-year-long lockout."
The rally is planned for the club's Valley golf course at on Castlewood Drive.
"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'll be here for as long as it takes to get our jobs back and win a fair contract with health care for our kids. We know people in the community will stand behind us, just like they always have over the past two years."