I want to draw to the attention of the Pleasanton public and Castewood Country Club members to the fact that the labor dispute there is a lockout by management, not a strike.
Traditional labor practice is for workers to keep working while labor negotiations take place. In this case, on Feb. 25, Castlewood management locked out the workers while negotiations were occurring. Imagine arriving at your job to work, only to find out that your boss had taken away your job and locked you out.
In the practice of our country, forged over a hundred years ago, workers have a right to form a union. The union Unite Here had been chosen by the culinary workers and was again selected by a majority of the workers in a vote on April 2. These unionized workers deserve to get their jobs back while negotiations continue. Anything less than that is a hugely unfair labor practice by the management of Castlewood Country Club.
I urge the public and members of Castlewood Country Club to contact club management to end this scandalous lockout, accept the workers back, and return to negotiations. The decision makers are General Manager Jerry Olson and President of the Board of Directors Jim Clouser. No matter how one feels on the details of the offerings previously made by labor or management, sign on to end this injustice in Pleasanton by communicating with Castlewood on ending the lockout.