A group of former Castlewood Country Club unionized workers and their union's representatives marched in downtown Pleasanton this morning to seek public support for their battle against the club.
Some in the group also represented Tri-Valley churches, which had been asked by the union to join in the Pleasanton demonstration.
The country club, located in the center of the Castlewood residential development west of Foothill Road, is in unincorporated Alameda County and not within the city limits of Pleasanton.
Kristi Laughlin, project director of the East Bay Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, asked Thursday for a show of solidarity from for the locked-out workers from local churches by joining in the planned procession through downtown, much the same as a similar event held last year at this time.
The unionized workers were locked out of the country club on Feb. 25, 2010, in a dispute over health care costs. Little movement on either side has taken place in months, although the case is set to go before the National Labor Relations Board early next year.
The dispute has led to a number of protests at the club, including a June 23 protest in which 23 people were arrested for blocking Castlewood Drive in what organizers described as an act of civil disobedience. That protest drew close to 100 demonstrators and nearly 50 police officers from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and Pleasanton.