Earlier today I had the opportunity to meet with some of the Unite Here workers who have been locked-out by Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. These workers--janitors, cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders, and others--have been out of work for more than a month as a result of a contract negotiation dispute.
Today I joined an interfaith group of ministers and priests concerned about the severe harm the lock-out is creating for these workers and their families. Some of these workers have been at Castlewood for 20 years or more. Management has asked these workers to pay more than a week's wages for their health care--an unsustainable sum.
I have asked, and will continue to ask, the manager and board chairman at Castlewood to return to the bargaining table. These workers and their families are under a great deal of stress. I hope management will return to the positive and cooperative relationship they had with this union for nearly three decades.