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Castlewood Workers Joined by Occupy Movement for Mass March on Second Anniversary of Lockout
When: In Just a few hours! Rides available: From 14th & Broadway in downtown Oakland starting at 8:00 AM. Shuttles available: From the Pleasanton BART.
Who: Castlewood Country Club workers and UNITE HERE Local 2850, joined by hundreds of religious leaders, students, union members, and participants in Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco.
What: A mass march through Pleasanton to Castlewood Country Club.
When: February 25th, 2012, 9:30 am.
Where: The march departs from Civic Park in downtown Pleasanton (corner of Main Street and Bernal Ave) and continues along First Street/Sunol Boulevard to Castlewood Country Club (Castlewood Drive between Foothill Road and Pleasanton-Sunol Road).
Why: Amidst a national outcry against the United States’ growing economic inequality, Castlewood workers will take to the streets to protest the elite golf club’s two-year lockout of its food service staff. They will be joined by longtime allies and new activists inspired by Occupy Wall Street.
“Chase Bank took away my home in the foreclosure crisis. Castlewood took away my job and my health care in the lockout. Working people won’t have anything left unless we stand up for ourselves. Us Castlewood workers realized that two years ago, and now people all around the country are fighting back too,” said Maria Ramirez, a Castlewood janitor.
“Many of Castlewood’s member-owners spent $25,000 for their memberships,” said Ann Worth, a longtime union member and participant in Occupy Oakland. “They can justify spending that kind of money to play golf, but they still think it’s okay to squeeze more out of the people who work for them for $10 or $12 an hour. They expect workers to subsidize their expensive game by giving up affordable health care for their kids. It’s a perfect example of what’s been going wrong in this country: the rich are getting richer by denying everyone else their share in the American Dream.”