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Workers said they're fighting for the culture of Market Basket. Arthur T. Demoulas has been credited with keeping prices low and treating employees well.
Workers said they are ready to continue rallying until Arthur T. Demoulas is back in charge, but they hoped this will be the last rally that's necessary.
Employees said they hoped the board of directors gets their message.
"It's been extremely stressful, but I started off scared, then I started off stressed and now I'm defiant," said Caleb Owens, an employee of 20 years.
Workers and customers of Market Basket have been protesting the ouster of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, who was fired after his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, gained control of the board.
"The negative behavior of certain current and former associates is at variance with the Company's culture of putting the needs of the Market Basket customers first," the statement said. "It is now clear that it is in the interests of all members of the Market Basket community for normal business operations to resume immediately."
"Arthur T. has done right by us, and it's our turn to do right by him," said Chris Silvia, who said he has worked at the Nashua Market Basket for five years.
Following its meeting in Boston on Friday, the board released a statement reaffirming its election of Felicia Thornton and James Gooch as CEOs. It also criticized the actions of protesting Market Basket employees.
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The meeting was held as about 6,000 employees protested at the company's Tewksbury, Massachusetts, store. The rally was the second held in Tewksbury to protest Arthur T. Demoulas' ouster.
State Rep. Robert Cushing, D Rockingham 21, addressed the crowd, saying that lawmakers are joining with them.
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The board said it would consider an offer from Arthur T. Demoulas to buy the remaining 50.5 percent of shares and retake control of the company. The board said it would also consider any other proposals it has received and may yet receive.
"I've been part of the Market Basket family for my entire life," said employee Krystle Champy. "My parents worked for it. My sister works for it. My entire family has been Market Basket."
A stuffed giraffe was unveiled to symbolize the struggle, with employees saying that sometimes you just have to stick your neck out. Workers said they're proud to stand behind Arthur T. Demoulas and will fight for him, despite the Puma Creepers Vs Platform fear of losing their jobs.
She said two board members took some of the petitions she brought, but most, Arthur S. Demoulas, didn't give her the time of day.
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Elenor Corcoran, a customer from Somerville, Massachusetts, brought 100,000 signatures of customers who vowed not to shop at the store unless Arthur T. Demoulas is put back in charge.
DIRECTORS. THAT MESSAGE IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR HERE AT THE MANCHESTER MARKET BASKET. YOU SEE THESE EMPLOYEES BEHIND ME. NEAR NOT LOSING ANY STEAM. ARTHUR T. DEMOULAS BACK. THIS MORNING. SO THEY'VE BEEN OUT FOR MORE THAN 12 HOURS. NOW, WE GOT MESSAGE, OR WORD FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO REHIRE ARTHUR T., ALTHOUGH THEY DO SEEM TO BE CONSIDERING HISSED BY. THAT DID DISMAY THESE PROTESTERS. THE BORE ALSO WANTS MARKET BASKET EMPLOYEES TO CALL OFF THE PROTEST AND RETURN TO WORK. IN A STATEMENT THEY SAID QUOTE THE NEGATIVE BEHAVIOR OF CERTAIN CURRENT AND FORMER ASSOCIATES IS AT VARIANCE WITH THE COMPANY'S CULTURE OF PUTTING THE NEEDS OF MARKET BASKET CUSTOMERS FIRST. BUT PROTESTERS AREN'T BACKING DOWN. I LOVE THIS COMPANY, IT'S LIKE FAMILY, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO STOP TILL WE WIN. I WON'T BE BACK HERE IF I CAN'T FIND WHAT I NEED. YOU HEARD FROM ONE OF THE SHOPPERS, CUSTOMERS AREN'T BEING QUITE AS PATIENT, A LOT OF THEM WE SPOKE TO SAY THEY CAN'T REALLY WAIT OUT AN INDEFINITE PROTEST AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO OTHER STORES IN
"Arthur S. didn't even want to make eye contact with me," she said. "I explained that I am a customer. I am here representing the customers, people who shop at Market Basket, and he just walked away. He just completely walked away."
"I'm here on behalf of over 100 lawmakers in the state of New Hampshire who have signed a petition standing behind the Market Basket associates demanding that Arthur T. be reinstated."
SEVERAL HOURS. A STATEMENT WAS RELEASED EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON AND MARKET BASKET EMPLOYEES SAY IT WASN'T THE ANSWER THEY WERE LOOKING FOR. ARTHUR T. DEMOULAS' OFFER TO RETAKE CONTROL OF THE COMPANY. AT THE SAME TIME, BORE MEMBERS CRITICIZED THE RECENT ACTIONS OF MARKET BASKET EMPLOYEES. THEY SAY IN PART IT'S NOW CLEAR THAT KNITS THE INTEREST OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE MARKET BASKET COMMUNITY FOR NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS TO RESUME IMMEDIATELY. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO FIX IT IS TO BRING HIM BACK, AND AS SOON AS HE COMES BACK THIS WOULD ALL BE OVER, WE'LL START THE STORES BACK AGAIN, TAKE CARE OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND GO ON LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. HE HAS WORKED FOR MARKET BASKET FOR 25 YEARS, HE AND ANOTHER EMPLOYEE FROM CHELSEA SKIPPED FRIDAY'S RALLY AND WENT TO BOSTON TO SPEAK WITH BOARD MEMBERS BEFORE THEIR MEETING. THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED. WE JUST WANTED A PRESENCE. A CUSTOMER FROM SOMERVILLE JOINED FORCES WITH CARABALO AND TRIED TO HAS BEEN OFF THESE PETITIONS TO THE BOARD. THEY CONTAIN THE SIGNATURES OF 100,000 PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY WON'T SHOP AT THE STORE ANY MORE. BUT SHE SAYS MANY BOARD MEMBERS IGNORED HER, INCLUDING ARTHUR S. DEMOULAS. ARTHUR S. DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH ME. I EXPLAINED I'M A CUSTOMER, I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF CUSTOMERS, THE PEOPLE WHO SHOP AT MARKET BASKET. AND HE JUST WALKED AWAY. AS LONG AS THEY HAVE TO. LIVE IN BOSTON, KRISTEN CAROSA. FIGHTING FOR THE REINSTATE OF ARTHUR T. BACK. STEPHANIE WOODS HAS REACTION TO TODAY'S STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF Basket Puma Gore Tex
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