Outraged Employees and Customers Write Letters to Market Basket

Market Basket District Supervisor Bob Medeiros, center, joins co-workers, demonstrating outside the Market Basket distribution center in Tewksbury. Medieros received a letter explaining that his August paycheck was being withheld unless he reported to work on Monday.
Market Basket District Supervisor Bob Medeiros, center, joins co-workers, demonstrating outside the Market Basket distribution center in Tewksbury. Medieros received a letter explaining that his August paycheck was being withheld unless he reported to work on Monday.
Josh Reynolds/Globe Staff

Governor Deval Patrick was not the only person writing a letter on Friday to the new board of directors at Market Basket.

Onlookers and employees are publishing countless outraged letters about the Market Basket debacle that has dragged out for weeks, leaving customers frustrated, shelves barren, and thousands of workers without a paycheck.

We decided to collect several of those letters here.

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Marty Maguire, for example, has worked at Market Basket since the Carter administration. For the past 36 years, he struggled up the corporate ladder to become a store director and now, he has spoken out about recent events that he believes are driving Market Basket — a company he dedicated most of his adult life to — into the ground.

Maguire has written a series of letters that were published on the Board of Directors’ Twitter feed that lists employees’ grievances.

Today, he asked Felicia Thornton how she can insist that people are not being laid off. Thornton wrote a memo to staff on Thursday saying that although the company had slashed the hours of thousands of employees, those workers were still employed by the company.

“I cannot effectively answer all the questions that are coming at me from concerned a crying associates,” Maguire wrote, asking Thornton to open herself up to questions from her underlings at the company and media.

Another letter to the board was published in the Lowell Sun News, highlighting how Market Basket customers stand behind the protests that have wracked the super market chain for weeks.

“It is your customers who are your bottom line,” the letter read. “It is your customers who will not shop at Market Basket until Artie T. is back as CEO.”

You can read several more of those letters, many published on blogs and other news sites, here, here, and here.