Since February 25th, 2010, Castlewood has maintained a lockout of its 61 food service and janitorial workers, pressuring them to give up job security protections and pay about 40% of their wages for family health insurance. Instead of giving in, the workers have waged an extraordinary yearlong struggle to return to work and protect their families’ health care, garnering broad support from Pleasanton and East Bay political leaders, congregations, unions, and community organizations.
"I’ve worked hard to serve Club members for 10 years," said Castlewood cook Angel Melendez. "I never imagined they would throw me out in the street for a year, just because I want to be able to take my son to the doctor when he gets sick. But I also never imagined how strong and united my co-workers and I would become through this struggle, or how much the whole community would stand behind us. This is a day of celebration because we have found the courage to fight for as long as it takes to protect our families."