Surprised this didn't get mentioned earlier, but it is a North Eastern chain.....
Won't delve into backstory too deep. Linkys for reading....
A bitter feud split the family, and in the most recent installment, it has led one grandson, Arthur S. Demoulas, to oust the current president, his cousin and namesake Arthur T. Demoulas.
Thought this timeline was pretty cool way to track the events.
Anyway, I'm really only interested in what the workers accomplished. They wanted the reinstatement of Arthur T. The workers at the distribution centers and stores basically quit stocking the shelves and protested and told customers to shop elsewhere. Some of the protest leaders were fired, but the protests continued. Arthur T. has teamed up a an equity firm to purchase controlling share, and a deal is reached. But I have no doubt it was the workers bringing operations to a standstill (for over 6 weeks) that forced the board's hands.
All this without a Union. Almost sounds like they told the Teamsters to pound sand.
Fired Market Basket employees yesterday rebuffed offers of legal advice from the Teamsters, saying the solidarity of the Tewksbury grocery chain’s workers — from top executives to store baggers — is stronger than any union.
But today’s unions, especially those representing public service employees, have a harder time getting the public to buy in to their agenda. Some of their problem lies in their tactics.
Some union leaders, Gruman (Harris Gruman, executive director of the SEIU State Council) added, don’t get what the Market Basket workers intuitively understood — the need to build bridges to the community, allowing the public to understand the cause and relate to it.
Hope this doesn't turn into a union bashing/defending thread. I'd rather people see they do have power to instill change.