Update: After this article was published, protest organizers rescheduled the rally for Tuesday. It had originally been planned for Monday. The text below has been updated to reflect the change.
Market Basket protesters are planning another mass rally—their fifth since June 24, and fourth since July 18—Tuesday at 11 a.m., outside the company’s Stadium Plaza store in Tewksbury, according to former Market Basket district manager and protest organizer Tom Trainor.
Monday marks the deadline from management for workers at headquarters and in the company’s warehouses to return to work. Market Basket co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch have said they will cut off pay to management-level employees who do not return to work Monday. The company will also be holding job fairs starting Monday. Existing employees looking for new positions are being invited to Monday and Tuesday’s job fairs, while outside candidates will be considered Wednesday.
Trainor tells Boston.com he expects Tuesday’s rally to be the biggest yet. The crowd sizes at the previous rallies have grown in estimated attendance from 300 to 2,500 to 5,000 to somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 at the most recent one.
Smaller protests have been held in recent weeks at the company’s stores, and outside its Tewksbury headquarters. Those rallies have come amid turmoil at the company, as many employees and customers have repeatedly voiced their demands for the reinstatement of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO. The company is estimated to be losing about $10 million per day amid the ongoing action.
Arthur T. Demoulas was fired on June 23. Check out this timeline of the events since.
The previous two rallies were held in the same location as Monday’s setting. Employees fired in July were banned from Market Basket property, such as the Tewksbury headquarters where an earlier rally was held. But Stadium Plaza is owned by a company whose president is one Arthur T. Demoulas.