Some of the locked-out Castlewood Country Club workers are on a hunger strike this weekend, and an Alameda Superior Court judge has blocked a request to have the strikers kicked off the property.
Judge Winifred Smith denied a motion filed by Castlewood's attorney, David Murphy, who'd asked the court for a temporary restraining order on the grounds that golfers at the club need silence.
UniteHere! Union leader Wei-Ling Huber said the request would have blocked the locked-out workers from "going on or near their property."
The hunger strike began Friday afetrnoon with a march up Castlewood Drive to the Hacienda clubhouse. It's set to last until today -- Mothers Day -- and end with a rally from 10 a.m. until noon, when the Brass Liberation Band is set to play.
Huber said the hunger strikers will be at the club day and night.
"There are five of us, three workers and two staff, and there are going to be a number of people who will be with us overnight for solidarity but not for the hunger strike," she said.
Workers Nelson Lopez, Maria Muñoz and Francisca Carranza will be accompanied by Huber and union representative Sara Norr. They are set to remain on the site until 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
"We have our lawn chairs since were going to be here for a while," Huber added.
Ironically, Huber was to be honored at a dinner Friday night, but promised not to eat while there.
The lockout began on February 25. Workers and club management are stalemated over a $739 monthly increase in health benefits, although management recently added additional stipulations to allow the workers back inside.
Castlewood General Manager Jerry Olson could not be reached for comment.