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Demoulas relative calls for employees to return to work

A relative of the feuding cousins at the heart of the Market Basket dispute is imploring the supermarket chain’s protesting workers to return to their jobs.

“We have inconvenienced our customers, traumatized thousands of associates, hurt our suppliers, and made a public circus out of a private dispute,” Jack Demoulas, Market Basket’s director of dairy and frozen food, said in a letter to associates.

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Employees have been protesting to call for the reinstatement of their former president, Arthur T. Demoulas. He was ousted in June by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.

“I choose to keep our stores running; to keep everyone working and receiving a paycheck,” Jack Demoulas wrote. “Let Arthur T. and Arthur S. work this out. Other less drastic forms of pressure could have been applied to help work toward a resolution.”

The dispute and subsequent protests have caused crippling losses at the 71-store chain. Stores have run out of fresh food and customers are few.

Jack Demoulas said Arthur S. was wrong to fire Arthur T., but added: “I also think the course of action taken to shut down our stores is wrong. Two wrongs still do not make a right.”

Protesting workers have planned another rally for Tuesday in Tewskbury.

Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.
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