Jack Demoulas to Disgruntled Market Basket Employees: ‘Let Arthur T. and Arthur S. Work it Out’

Market Basket employees Rees Gemmell, far right, and colleagues acknowledge passing supporters as they picket in front of the supermarket Thursday, July 24, in Haverhill.

A Demoulas cousin sent a letter to Market Basket employees Monday urging them to go back to work and “let Arthur T. and Arthur S. work it out.’’

The letter, written by Jack Demoulas, Market Basket’s director of dairy and frozen foods, comes on the day workers who are publicly demonstrating for the return of fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas face getting replaced if they do not return to work.

Still, many have ignored the deadline and were seen picketing outside the company’s headquarters in Tewksbury.

In his letter, Jack Demoulas said it was wrong to fire Arthur T. and also wrong for employees to initiate a work stoppage which has, “inconvenienced our customers, traumatized thousands of associates, hurt our suppliers, and made a public circus out of a private dispute.’’


Meanwhile, a three-day job fair is scheduled to begin Monday to fill positions such as store directors and accountants. In a public statement Monday, Market Basket CEOs provided an email address for internal candidates to apply, since many may fear backlash if they are seen attending the job fair. The CEOs said they felt workers “should be given an opportunity without fear of intimidation and harassment.’’

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