Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 16, 2011

Lockout protest Saturday

Some local religious leaders are inviting their congregations to come out tomorrow to help support the workers who have been locked out of Castlewood Country Club.

Kristi Laughlin, project director of the East Bay Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, is asking for a show of solidarity with the workers, with food, song and a holiday procession through town, much the same as the event held last year around the same time.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Bernal Avenue.

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 take 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.

--Glenn Wohltmann

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