The co-CEOs of Demoulas Super Markets on Thursday said they were arranging meetings between at least two associates and the company’s board of directors to discuss worker demands for the board to reinstate deposed president Arthur T. Demoulas. The board is also expected to hold a telephonic meeting in advance of its regularly scheduled meeting Monday to discuss associate demands.
Those plans were relayed in a memo from Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch issued to employees Thursday and posted on social media by workers at Market Basket. The memo was issued hours before a deadline set by associates to return Arthur T. Demoulas to his role as president. That deadline passed without word of a reinstatement.
The board of directors fired the popular president late last month. At least some workers had discussed taking job action like a walkoff Friday if their demands were not met, but it remained unclear late Thursday the extent of the action, or how many workers would participate.
Discussing the potential of a work stoppage, Thornton and Gooch urged workers to decide individually whether to particpate in a job action, and warned of consequences. “If you choose to abandon your job or refuse to perform your job requirements, you will leave us no choice but to permanently replace you,” the memo said.
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