This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 28,2014:
The tone of the announcement from Market Basket’s shareholders late Wednesday night was vastly different from the statement issued by the company’s previous CEOs two weeks ago announcing that any of the striking workers who failed to return to work by Friday of that week would be terminated.
The first statement was harsh: “You must return to [your job] ready to fulfill your duties no later than Friday, August 15, 2014. Should you choose to ignore … these directives, the company will consider you to have abandoned your job, thereby ending your employment with the company.”
The latest announcement was warm and reassuring, and comforting to the nearly 25,000 employees and hundreds of thousands of customers of Market Basket who had boycotted the 71-store chain over the last six weeks: