PHOENIX â€” An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board here ruled Monday that Chandler, Ariz.-based Bashasâ€™ does not have to roll back health care premiums paid by employees at nine stores represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99 but does have to give some employees back pay, with interest, for transferring them when it closed two stores without consulting the union. The rulings are part of a series of disputes between the chain and the union over jurisdiction at stores acquired over the years by Bashasâ€™ that had union representation at the time they were purchased. Although Bashasâ€™ acknowledged its obligation to bargain with the union for those workers, no contracts have ever been finalized, nor has the union collected dues from the employees it says it represents, a Bashasâ€™ spokeswoman told SN yesterday. It was not clear how many employees were entitled to back pay or how much those payments would amount to.
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