The Legal Options For Both Sides Of The Market Basket Showdown

August 4, 2014

Market Basket employees continued their protests Monday, even as the prospect of losing their jobs loomed.  Last week, the company’s new co-CEOs, Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch, set a morning deadline for employees to return to work or risk termination.

Despite the ultimatum, outside the company’s Tewksbury headquarters, hundreds of workers demanded the reinstatement of Arthur T. Demoulas.

Now, Market Basket is moving forward with its threat to replace thousands of absent workers. It held a job fair Monday for employees looking for more senior positions, but protestors said they’re holding firm.

One noteworthy aspect of this saga is that none of Market Basket’s 25,000 employees are unionized. That doesn't necessary leave them without legal protections, though.  


Peter Moser is a labor attorney at the firm of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein and has represented both corporate and employee interests.  

Thomas Kochan is the co-director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  

Whether you’re a loyalist or you’ve never stepped foot in a Market Basket, we want to hear from you in the comments section. Tell us why you prefer Market Basket to other supermarkets and what it’s been like shopping elsewhere. If you’ve never been to Market Basket, what kept you away?  

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