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U.S. Government Orders El Super to Provide 549 Workers With Back Pay as Labor Dispute Continues

04/07/2016 – El Super grocery store chain must pay 549 current and former employees a total of $363,000 in back pay – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the El Super grocery store chain to pay 549 current and former employees a total of $363,000 in back pay. The NLRB began mailing letters notifying affected employees of the forthcoming payouts late last week. The payouts are part of an agreement the company signed to settle unfair labor practice charges that El Super workers’ – members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union – vacation rights were violated by the Company.

“El Super UFCW members are about to see the benefit of working together with their union,” said UFCW Local 770 President Ricardo F. Icaza.

There are 319 current El Super employees due to receive back pay totaling $255,694.38, and 230 former employees are to receive $108,052.49.

In July 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted the NLRB’s petition for a preliminary injunction that prohibited Bodega Latina Corp., El Super’s parent company, from making unilateral changes to its vacation policy.

One month later, Bodega Latina agreed to settle unfair labor practice charges filed by UFCW who claimed that the company’s unilateral changes to the vacation policy violated their federally protected labor rights. Under the terms of the settlement agreement with the U.S. Government, El Super agreed to restore the company’s vacation policy, and eliminate unilateral changes that required employees to work at El Super a year before they were eligible for annual leave benefits.

Fermin Rodriguez, an El Super cashier and member of the UFCW Local 770 negotiating committee, said: “This is a significant victory, but we are still fighting to win fair wages, a 40-hours guarantee for full-time workers, stronger seniority protections, adequate paid sick days, dignity and respect!” Mr. Rodriguez was reinstated to his position at El Super #13 in South Los Angeles as a part of El Super’s agreement to settle charges that his termination, in January 2015, violated his right to speak out in support of his union.

About El Super

El Super is managed by the Paramount, California, based Bodega Latina Corp. El Super’s business model focuses on serving first, second and third-generation U.S. consumers of Mexican descent. Grupo Comercial Chedraui (Chedraui) is Mexico’s third-largest retail chain with over 42,000 employees in 224 stores throughout the country. Through its 84.85% ownership stake, Chedraui controls California-based Bodega Latina Corporation, which does business as the El Super grocery chain. During 2015, El Super opened five new stores – bringing its total to 54 locations. It has 46 stores in California, five stores in Arizona, and three in Nevada.