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yes! we have no banan -- er, lemons

I can't even explain what huge good news this is locally, but I'm so relieved to hear this deal has been sealed.

A happy ending for Market Basket employees, customers

It's absolutely wild to see an employee-led grassroots movement for a company that isn't unionized end up successfully achieving their goals of switching back to the CEO they want at the helm.

Not to say there aren't issues and problems with the situation. I would love to see the Market Basket employees form a union.  It's great that the people working there are thrilled to have back the CEO they want, and in terms of management-worker relations, Arthur T. does indeed seem to deserve his well-loved status.  But it's a reminder of how easily companies can shift management and ownership and how, without unions, workers are not protected and are in no way ensured that the generous treatment they might find under one group of leaders will continue if power changes hands.  And it's wise to remember, no matter how pleased workers and customers might be right now with the return to Arthur T. as CEO, that this crisis was essentially created by a fight between two billionaires hashing out family grievances.

Even given those issues, I'm still seriously thrilled to be returning to shopping at Market Basket.  It's my main supermarket -- they have some of the best produce in the area, a great range of items in just about every ethnic cuisine out there, and low prices.  Plus they really are community supermarkets, where you run into people you know, chat with other customers over the cheeses or have a passing discussions about which brands are better when you're deciding between items.  I know that other grocery stores nearby will actually be relieved; they had to absorb all the customers boycotting Market Basket, and let me tell you, that was a large number of people.  Far from just reveling in the additional revenue, they were absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people at their stores (cashiers often told us how exhausted they were and how shocked by the crowds) and unable to keep commonly used items in stock (I posted several weeks ago lamenting there were no lemons to be had in the area, and seriously, there were NO LEMONS; the strike radiated outward and definitely impacted these other stores).

So basically, though concerns remain, this is definitely good news.  I'm sure shelves in produce/dairy/anything perishable are still currently empty, what with the effective cutting off of distribution during the strike, but what the hell, it can be stocking up on canned goods time!  I'm psyched to get my damn Market Basket back!

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petzipellepingo
Aug. 28th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
I saw this story on the news and it was really nice to see all those employees banding together.
entrenous88
Aug. 28th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh yay, glad you caught that! It's a pretty amazing movement, for real, considering how spontaneously organized much of it was, and how incredibly effective it turned out to be.
lycomingst
Aug. 28th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
I read a couple of stories about this while it was going on. I'm glad for the workers but as you say, it can all go bad again and quickly.
entrenous88
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's definitely a good outcome for now, but I hope that the banding together the employees have done will help them consider how to plan for future forks in the road.
flaming_muse
Aug. 28th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
I am so pleased that there is a positive resolution for this situation! It's been going on for so long. I hope they're able to rebuild the company; I know it's going to be rough getting everything back to the way it was.

I've never actually been to a Market Basket, but I know people who shop there religiously, and I may have to check one out once it's all settled down again. :)
entrenous88
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
It's lovely to see the results everyone wanted come about for sure! Yes, I think they'll have a tough row to hoe for a while.

Ha, definitely -- I can't vouch for each local one, but I really do love their produce section especially. Every time I seek an unusual ingredient and think, "well, they won't have *that*," lo and behold! :D
wesleysgirl
Aug. 29th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
We just got back from our local store and it was definitely quiet -- fewer customers than normal, maybe people are waiting a day or two for the shelves to be stocked? -- but there were plenty of employees. Not much yogurt, little meat, no fresh fruits and veggies at all, pretty much just decorated cakes in the bakery section. But other sections were close to normal.
entrenous88
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, sounds like it'll take a while yet for everything to get stocked up. Still, exciting that we can go again, and I imagine things will be in fuller swing soon.
anelith
Sep. 3rd, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
People who don't live in this area have no idea what a huge issue this was. It really brought home to me just how much I take the infrastructure of our grocery stores for granted. I don't usually shop at MB mainly for local reasons -- the one nearest to me is small and cramped and overcrowded. But "my" grocery store was hugely affected, as you describe, with the MB overflow coming to other stores. So, so glad that this is coming to an end.
entrenous88
Sep. 3rd, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
It's absolutely wild, isn't it, the way absolutely everything was impacted. There was a heartbreaking report about how much local food banks were suffering as a result of the Market Basket strike, because those stores tend to have direct relationships with shelters/churches/food kitchens and set up donation bins where customers regularly contribute non-perishables and cash. Just, the degree to which the impact radiated outward is not to be underestimated. I hope someone at the Boston Globe takes the chance eventually to write a book about this series of events and the conflicts that led to them as well as the challenges ahead, because I would so read it and buy it for everyone!
anelith
Sep. 3rd, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
I am absolutely sure that more than one book will be written about this! And probably at least one movie too.
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