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Locked out workers to picket Castlewood Easter morning

Original post made on Apr 3, 2010

Union workers locked out of their jobs at Castlewood Country Club will be "celebrating" Easter at their picket line with music, a barbeque, and supporting statements from local community leaders.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, April 3, 2010, 11:23 AM

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I hear that the locked out employees voted yesterday 41-17 to keep their Union representation. Sorry Castlewood Management but the union busting tactics have not worked. End the lockout, let the employees return to work, and go back to the bargaining table!


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Posted by fed up in pleasantville
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

What I want to know is why health care has to cost 739.00 a month for one person and why should anyone, Employer or employee have to pay such a rediculious cost for a basic human right. What is wrong with our nation that people cannot afford to take care of them selves medically what is wrong with a nation that is so great and so rich and so technologically advanced yet the most simple and basic of human needs is out of reach financially for many ???? Perhaps this is the question we should all be asking????


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Posted by Stan
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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Posted by Free American
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Whooo Mohr Park Stan needs to be evaluated. He's either lost a job which would be sad, or a VERY, very rich, moneyed boy, or a pretender. That kind of anti-American venom is twisted and uncalled for. OR, maybe he flunked out of school and just couldn't 'cut it' ,so he jealous of those who have worked hard in school and after to achieve the American dream..a dream of 'CHOICES'. Choices every day of your life, including 8th grade math, joining a union, etc
We're all free Americans.
Nancy, what's with the back to the bargaining table bit. Castlewood stated their offer at the beginning !!! I suppose workers could still accept it.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I understand the workers voted to "not return to work" and continue to let the union represent them. Just because the're idiots is no reason for Castlewood to take them back. It should be a long hot summer walking to picket lines for $200 a week.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Matt had no business escalating matters with a private employer, outside the city limits. Why is PW removing all logical common-sense talk, and leaving twisted, flaming, calling taxpayers scum ??


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Observer,

Do you mean this thread? Web Link


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Posted by Free American
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Don't these thugs HIRED at the UNION HALL have children or grand-children to spend Easter with. Do they feel strong to pick on little girls in their ruffled dresses and bonnets ??
Shame on Matt for knighting himself and meddling in on a private business...outside city limits. What arrogance and hubris !
Is this still America ?


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Posted by Juan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Unions are for feeble-minded people who can't think and act for themselves.


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

The union workers never voted "not to go back to work". The vote was called to decertify the union, Castlewood management's great hope. The workers voted to keep the union representation. They want to go back to work, but they are locked out! When you have a labor contract or dispute, the management and the union negotiate. That is what is called bargaining. So, now that the management did not succeed with their union busting, they ought to do the right thing and negotiate.


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Posted by Free American
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm

How childish and ignorant for you to sterotype as you did. You don't know me. You are SO far off base. I do not like Glenn Beck (even tho he is right about some things, some times....I don't know, maybe you're right some times. Why would you make some assumptions ??
Since you disagree with me, I guess you approve of picking on children, intentionally trying to ruin their Easter. You enjoy making children cry? Nice ! And, as long as Matt is the radical leftist that he is, it's OK for HIM to INTRUDE and meddle in private matters. Such hubris. Such sterotypes. Easier than thinking, apparently.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

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Posted by mary
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Just had dinner at the club and food is just as good as when we had the union employees. The new staff has now been there long enough that they have the jobs under control. Union employees if you ever get to come back please know that I will remember your calling me Rude & Rich, and my tips and Christmas bonus gifts will reflect what your said!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Stan and Nancy,

it's people like me who take risks who hire people like you for the jobs I create. Keep voting for [Obama] and the [Democrats] and things will only get worse.


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Posted by Juan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Recently I was assisting my elementary school child with her science homework. She asked me what the definition of a "parasite." I told her that it was an organism that benefits off another organism, called a "host", while offering very little to no benefit for the host.

As an example, I listed tapeworms, roundworms, leeches...and nearly introduced the term "union" to her.


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Posted by Member
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I think the only parasite in this blog is Juan, when someone is as ignorant as you I really don't even feel like answering, but today is your lucky day; happy easter.


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Posted by Member
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

To Mary, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood. I'm glad that you had you nice dinner as usual, I hope that you also enjoyed riding your pony; honestly. Right now there are families that don't have food at their tables and you are worried for the Christmas bonus? [Portion removed]


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Posted by Juan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Dear Member,
it sounds like you could use some elementary science education as well. You are confusing the terms "parasite" vs "synergist". A parasite sucks the lifeblood outof ahost while providing very little or no benefits to the host. A synergist and a host have mutually beneficial relationships. The parasitic unions attach themselves to hosts. Non-union employees and their host employers have synergistic relationships where both benefit.

I like to consider myself closer to a synergist. Yes, my comments may be provocative but I hope they help uninformed or confused, like you, to better understand thvreal world. You, on the other hand, may actually be part of the parasitic union, so you are reacting out of self-defense. If so, I would encourage you to have more confidence in yourself to be self-reliant and not rely on the collective.


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

To 'Member' - And there are several dozen workers who now are putting food at their tables. If this lockout is settled, who will fight for these new workers? Who will worry about their newly unemployed status? Will you? Will the Pleasanton City Council? Assemblyman Torrico?
Go Castlewood! Keep doing whatever you can to stay in business, provide excellent service to your members/customers and employ workers.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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Posted by More angry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm

The jerks were there this morning right up to the clubhouse, beating drums, scaring the children and the ponies. It became an impossible situation. Most have clenched their teeth and ready to do battle. The hired UNION HALL THUGS had no right to even be on clubhouse property. They are ignorant scum....to borrow their word in a union thread.


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Apr 5, 2010 at 1:03 am

Some people simply don't get it. If they don't want to accept the "final" offer from Castlewood, just move on. Why all the drama and the wanting of more negoitiations? Obviously, people in their profession are dime a dozen. So, if they are dumb enough to turn down the offer, let someone else who is willing earn their living. Move on...what's the problem with these people?

Castlewood management: You guys are doing the right thing. Don't give in.


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Posted by More angry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

Sadly, if the workers put their futures in the hands of the gutter scum rent-a-protesters, they are all the same third world agitators that show up at political, Cal, and union protests wherever...just 'taking it to the street', which for me, pretty much toughens my resolve, saying I'll be 'darned' if we are going to let the club, the schools, or my oountry be run by mob rule !! ain't gonna happen ! ! Push back more than ever. It was SO stupid for all the meddlers to escalate the situation !! The workers would do SO much better to thinking and speaking for themselves in a civilized manner, than mob rule by these idiots...who, apparently think they'll win 'em over by pounding drums, making children cry, scaring the ponies and disrupting Easter morning children activities. The thugs were SO close the ponies were moved UP on the TERRACE so the children could safely stand inside and one at a time step out for their pony ride !! The egg hunt was disrupted, etc. There are always plenty of inside activites planned like egg dying, etc, but I doubt the mobs 'won over' ANYBODY !! I doubt they had PAID THEIR DUES and I'm certain they were NOT the GUESTS of ANYBODY !! ...just intruders


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Posted by Explorer
a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

What is our city council doing getting involved in a matter not related to our city? Jonathon Lowell, please get involved and let our council know to focus on relevant matters. Castlewood is not in Pleasanton!!! They don't vote in our elections. Reading Matt Sullivan's comments were a waste of time. Why doesn't the city council focus on attracting business to Pleasanton and increasing our tax base, or just focus on our city? I'm sure their membership is not solely from Pleasanton, so should all cities with members be involved? Of course, not.


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Posted by mary
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Today I get a letter from Unitehere 2850 (union) with a letter signed by the Castlewood employees who want to come back asking me to call Jerry Olsen and tell him we should let them come back. This is a letter signed by the employees that just yesterday stormed the club house and disrupted my Easter celebration with my family and grandchildren? These are also the folks that are calling me "Rich and Rude"? It will be a cold day before I call Mr Olsen.


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Posted by Discussed Member
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I received the same propaganda in the mail from the Union today. After the debacle yesterday at the Clubhouse if they think they are ever coming back to work at Castlewood they are sadly mistaken. We have no reason to go back to the bargaining table with people that have been load and obnoxious by banging drums and calling the people they want to work for greedy. Now how smart is that? The Union is nothing more than hired thugs who trespassed on private property while the Sheriff's Department stood back and watched them do it. The sheriff refused to enforce the laws as written in the California Penal Code. Could it be that it is election year and those union donations and endorsements are big for the people running for Sherriff of Alameda County.
Don't ever let these people back to work at Castlewood. They had their chance but refused to vote out the union so we as members must stick together and never given in.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

I could be wrong, but it looks like the Castlewood locked-out employees just might be being used as pawns by the union hierarchy.




If the union can coerce Castlewood CC to accept their demands, they can then use the agreement as an example to gain greater benefits from other employers. By using a very small union bargaining unit to "take the gas" while they negotiate, it keeps larger bargaining units working (and paying union dues). After the CCC contract is settled, then they can use the new contract, with enhanced benefits, to hammer the larger employers within the food service industry.




Far fetched? Maybe.


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Posted by More angry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Arroyo, I think you have called it right. I certainly hope there is NO caving to these union mobs and manipulative behavior. The whole thing stinks. Then....Sullivan escalates everything...making it worse. Why doesn't he mind his own (pleasanton's business). Like kids say MYOB .
Previous poster is right... hundreds more?? live OUTSIDE Pleasanton should THEIR Councils meddle in a PRIVATE business in the COUNTY ??? I think not...but it does show how absurd Sullivan's behavior has been.


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Posted by Stan
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Free American talks freedom-then demands I be censored. Oh yeah,Im homeless and desperate in Pleasanton-lol.
That post of mine was ALL truth about this city..and I knew the moment I finished it it was more reality this city could handle. Its all based on some mid west utopiam ideal isnt it?


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Posted by Free American
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Stan, I said NOTHING about censoring your comment. I said it sounded like YOU need to be evaluated. I guess PW thought your posting should be removed and did so.
I don't know what you mean by 'mid-west idealism', but what would be wrong with that ? Things like having enough personal pride to take responsibility for onesself (not depending or leaning on others)......... sounds like basic core values to me.


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Posted by Stan
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

Its easy for those who achieved to use that as an excuse to bash others with less as inferior...who didnt go to dads college like it was promised from birth. The playing field still isnt level. If it was, Pleasanton wouldnt be overwelmingly white and blonde.
300 million people in this country-and if it wasnt for the socialism programs this country would collapse.Mid West values of no question authoritys gave us the Great Depression-Bush and the bail out. I know the truth isn't what Pleasanton wants to hear.
This country club wants to break human rights in the name of sport? 750$ for medical coverage??? I know the Castlewood area well and let them eat cake is the motto. Like Blackhawk, you cant wall out real world society forever.


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Posted by Puck
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I think ole Stan Needs a 72 hour physic evaluation. He makes no sense in what he says.


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