Despite not having a union, workers at Market Basket have achieved much more than three weeks, what few unions have been able to achieve in years. They have stood up against their employer, managed to stay united and make themselves heard. That being said, their central demand to restore previous company president, Arthur T. Demoulas has still not been met.
The walkout has stretched to its fourth week, causing the company and the workers financial risks and pressures, however the broader movement continues to grow. A Cornell University professor of industrial and labor relations explained that this is a “very, very special case.”
Arthur T. Demoulas was dismissed by the board in June, which is now controlled by Arthur S. Demoulas. Arthur S is Arthur T’s rival and also happens to be his cousin. The protest has involved the entire 25000 person workforce from cashier to managers, its remarkable to see how unified they are. Many of the workers fear that without Arthur T, their decent wages and good benefits would stop. However as a downside to the revolt, thousand of employees are not going to be paid this week. If the Market Basket action succeeds it will be create precedent for other worker movements and be a much needed victory for the workers.
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