Demoulas Market Basket crisis shows strength of workplace "family"
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Times - Editorial] - July 24, 2014 -
There’s a revolution going on at the shopping cart corrals, at the entrances to almost every one of Market Basket’s 71 stores, and in their increasingly empty aisles, from Gloucester to Lawrence and New Hampshire.
At Market Basket stores across the region, store employees have been stationing themselves at the entrances, holding signs and petitions, urging shoppers to stay out.
It’s a phenomenon unheard of in corporate America.
The Demoulas family’s supermarket chain is coming undone, link by link.
Market Basket truck drivers aren’t making deliveries, stock clerks carry clipboards, urging consumers to sign a petition asking the board of directors to reinstate ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.
Pictures of Arthur T. are taped to empty seafood and produce displays. Fliers explaining why there are no more Cheerios or sweet potatoes now hang from the shelves.
A crowd of employees 3,000 to 4,000 strong rallied in Tewksbury Monday, among them the eight who were fired via courier Sunday.
(Normally the company bought about $6 million worth of seafood a week, according to the Boston Globe - KWC)Full Story »