Market Basket Case

I have a long-time twitter/facebook friend who first brought to my attention the company Market Basket, a place where she shops, and the turmoil surrounding a change in leadership. Apparently there’s a lot of support for the former CEO, and the employees decided to hold a non-union strike. 

Now, I have some rather deep seated feelings about these kinds of things, and I want to tread carefully in laying out my thoughts, as I’m not saying them to offend a friend, but rather, trying to explore my feelings which are probably going to be at variance with the positions of the supporters. I don’t know enough about the sequence of events, so I guess I’ll start out by posting a few links before going too deep in what I see. 

My initial impression is that this is a made for media story: Evil CEOs, and otherwise happy and content workers who love the company and are trying to save it from becoming something less fantastic than it was. But I also have a mistrust of made for media sensationalism, so, I have a bit of skepticism, starting out.

I suppose I should try to organise the links I post sequentially, or along some lines at some point, but for now, let me just scribble them down as I come across them, and I can try to make some sense of them afterwards.

http://www.boston.com/business/news/2014/08/06/market-basket-job-fairs-enter-third-day/JzZfRFsizaE0a3DXXqrTsN/story.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Market-Basket/

http://www.whdh.com/story/26065767/market-basket-workers-fired-for-support-of-ex-ceo

http://www.necn.com/news/business/Arthur-T-Demoulas-I-Will-Return-Immediately-if-Market-Basket-Bid-is-Accepted-269759761.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ousted-market-basket-ceo-offers-return-work-24832654

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/08/05/constant-challenges-certainties-for-new-ceos-market-basket/TLtsq6IQ7sUMMW3abHO1VJ/story.html

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/08/05/hate-cousin-how-forgive-him/5gkJvwRsT0P2F4Jd3nr7kK/story.html?p1=Article_InThisSection_Bottom

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2014/07/30/timeline-events-market-basket-standoff/FRC8PC7zZVncyUXMYc2cDM/story.html

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2014/07/30/timeline-events-market-basket-standoff/FRC8PC7zZVncyUXMYc2cDM/story.html

 

The source of the feud:

http://www.forbes.com/profile/demoulas/

 

Aspects:

The feud for control of the company

http://bluemassgroup.com/2014/07/arthur-t-demoulass-money-the-great-larry-rasky-plus-our-lazy-and-incestuous-local-media-disgraceful/

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/08/01/legal-memos-trace-acrimony-between-demoulas-factions-over-real-estate-deals/FPXxU0sANyOcyzmpzjISmO/story.html

 

The lawsuit by the fired employees

 

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