The battle over the Market Basket grocery empire is headed for another big showdown Friday with employees planning a rally outside company headquarters in support of recently ousted president, Arthur T. Demoulas, while the new bosses are threatening to fire any workers who walk out on the job.
On Thursday, protesting workers had issued a 4:30 p.m. deadline for Market Basket executives to respond to their demands that Demoulas be reinstated. Instead, the newly appointed co-chief executives, Felicia Thornton and James F. Gooch, sent a note to the chain’s employees warning them not to skip work in support of Demoulas.
“If you choose to abandon your job or refuse to perform your job requirements, you will leave us no choice but to permanently replace you,” Thornton and Gooch wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Boston Globe.
The letter further incensed many of the workers, who peppered a Facebook page and Twitter accounts with calls of solidarity. A rallying message was also posted on a website set up by some of the protesting employees, wearemarketbasket.com, saying that the 120 or so managers and office workers at company headquarters in Tewksbury “will not be going to work” Friday.
“They will be backing up their words with actions and will be standing up for something they care so much for,” the workers wrote.
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