I am one of those people who is naturally inclined to tell Market Basket supermarket employees to shut up and go back to work.
I didn’t think managers had any right to walk off their jobs — and expect to keep them — just because the megamillionaire chief executive they liked was recently canned by equally rich relatives who now control the company. Employees carrying big signs portraying the ousted Arthur T. Demoulas in Obamaesque “I believe” fashion struck me as surreal.
But I was impressed by the thousands of people who turned out for yet another rally on Monday calling for the reinstatement of the fired CEO, not to mention other managers who had helped organize an employee walkout in stores and warehouses last week.
I was struck by a photo of Yogesh Patel, a janitor at the Billerica Market Basket. He was part of the crowd listening to speakers that included Steve Paulenka, a facilities and operations manager who had been fired over the weekend, presumably for his part in organizing the walkout in support of Arthur T. Demoulas.
Yes, the rally was the kind of manufactured event that deserves your skepticism. But the sheer scale and energy behind it told you something real was happening. Thousands of customers followed approvingly on social media.
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