Picketing is continuing in the morning and evening hours along Foothill Road and Castlewood Drive by an Oakland-based hotel and restaurant workers union that is protesting a lockout of its hourly workers at Castlewood Country Club.
Management at the club locked out workers after UniteHere! Local 2850 union rejected Castlewood's "final" contract offer. The union represents Bay Area hotel and restaurant workers and also Castlewood's unionized workforce of bartenders, kitchen helpers, waiters and other hourly employees at Castlewood.
In the meantime, the club is using an outside agency to bring in temporary workers as needed to fill the positions, which pay an average of $12.50 an hour plus tips. A temporary service provided temporaries Thursday night for the City of Hope cancer fundraiser event that filled the country club for the evening.
The lockout comes after nearly two years of negotiations between Castlewood and the union over a new contract offer that the union has repeatedly rejected. That offer calls for a wage freeze and employee contributions to their health plan for coverage beyond the individual employee.
"We've met with union negotiators a number of times and feel we have put the best contract offer we can on the table, but it was rejected," said Castlewood General Manager Jerry Olson. "We're disappointed not to have these valued employees on duty and hope the situation can be resolved soon."
No meetings are planned between Castlewood management and the union.