Market Basket Protesters Plan Friday Rally

As employees continued to protest into July, at least eight more management-level employees were fired on July 20, 2014. They had all been active in efforts to re-instate Arthur T. Demoulas. Most had been with the company for decades.They were:District Manager Tom TrainorFacilities Supervisor Steve Paulenka (pictured above, addressing an employee rally on July 21)Warehouse Supervisor Dean JoyceBuyer Jim LacourseBuyer Joe GaronGrocery Supervisor Tom GordonOperations Supervisor Joe SchmidtDeli Supervisor Mike Kettenbach (a nephew of Arthur T. Demoulas)In his statement Monday night, Arthur T. urged the company’s new leadership to rehire fired employees.
Steve Paulenka, who was just fired from Market Basket, held up a stack of petitions he said were signed by customers in support of bringing back the former CEO at a rally on Monday. –Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Market Basket protest organizers are calling for another mass rally on Friday, the same day the company’s board is scheduled to meet in Boston.

The rally will be held at the same Tewksbury store as Monday’s rally, which drew 5,000 supporters. It will begin at 9 a.m. The board meeting is scheduled for the afternoon, according to the Save Market Basket Facebook page. On Facebook, organizers said they hope Friday’s event will be the company’s “biggest and final rally’’ in efforts to reinstate former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. In a later post, organizers stressed that the “final’’ part is only a hope, saying “we will continue this boycott and rallies until the (board of directors) comes to the only rightful decision, (Demoulas) as CEO with full authority.’’


Employees, customers, and supporters have protested against Market Basket’s leadership in recent days, marking the latest turn in the epic saga of the Demoulas family. Many stores are running out of perishable products as they refuse deliveries, while some customers have staged a boycott.

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