Francisca, study of a strong woman

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Women work as a team. Photo by jakusa, flckr user, creative commons

“Without self-respect, you certainly self-destruct.”
— Cornel West

Francisca Carranza one of the 61 Castlewood workers who have been locked out since February 2010, talks about lessons she’s learned about the year, how she deals with anti-immigrant slurs, and what sustains her struggle for decency at the workplace.


Facing rising health care costs, last year the stately Castlewood Country Club shifted the burden to workers. From one day to the next janitors and servers were to pay 40% of their wages in order to receive family healthcare – $739/month.

Food service and custodial workers, who are represented by Unite Here local 2850, refused this change and were subsequently locked out. These workers now have the support of the Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, City Council, and various area clergy. Recently they received a letter of support from the NFL Player’s Association.


Author: ireneflorez

Bogotá-born, Oakland-based media bee.

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