El Super, a Paramount-based supermarket chain, must pay 549 current and former employees a total of $363,000 in back wages as part of an agreement to settle unfair labor practice allegations, it was announced Friday.

The National Labor Relations Board ordered the payouts as a result of charges that El Super workers’ vacation rights were violated by the company.

According to the United Food and Commercial Workers union, 319 current El Super employees are due to receive back pay totaling $255,694, and 230 former employees are expected to receive $108,052.

An El Super representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last July, a Los Angeles federal judge 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.

A month later, Bodega Latina agreed to settle unfair labor practice charges filed by the union, which claimed that the vacation policy changes violated their federally protected labor rights.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, 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.

The UFCW represents about 600 El Super workers at seven stores in the Southland. The chain’s employees have been working without a contract since September 2013, according to the union.

Source: Press-Telegram