My Videos from Friday’s Market Basket Protest

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My Videos from Friday's Market Basket Protest

Fri­day I attended the Protest at the Mar­ket Bas­ket in Tewks­bury that you might have heard of on the NBC nightly news yesterday.

I got to the event at 10 but even dur­ing the post rush hour time of the event the The Traf­fic on 495 was impos­si­ble and when I arrived at the event I had to park a 12 mile away (off of the map shown on the Save Mar­ket Bas­ket Face­book page.

I pretty much started inter­view­ing peo­ple as I moved forward.

There were peo­ple leav­ing early because of com­mit­ments and new peo­ple com­ing and I kept inter­view­ing them.

I even­tu­ally got to the crowd and boy it was BIG

I extended the mono­pod and to a pan of the crowd:

I saw a Tea Party fel­low with a flag and inter­viewed him.

Fol­lowed by a ware­house worker, they have taken the biggest hit from this work action.

There were many speakers:

They stood next to a stuffed Giraffe sym­bol­iz­ing “stick­ing your neck out” and the podium is the back of a large pickup truck

Which has been their makeshift platform.

The Peti­tion that last speaker men­tioned were in a tent next to the truck

There was a wide vari­ety of speak­ers, here is a sample

I worked my way to the back of the crowd. There is a series of tent at the back where peo­ple were set up with water for peo­ple. While in that tent I spoke to a fel­low from Jeff Kuh­ner show.

At the end of this inter­view there was sud­denly a surge of peo­ple to a truck near K-​Mart

It was Pizza from Domi­nos that had been pur­chased anonymously

When I got back to the tent it was pointed out that other local busi­ness had also sup­ported the protesters

But back to the protest proper, the work­ers stick­ing out their necks vary between short term work­ers like Chris

To long term work­ers like Ken

Though this is a labor issue the work­ers have rejected union­iz­ing although some Unions have shown support

(It’s not often you get unions and tea party guys on the same side.)

What has been very con­spic­u­ous has been the lack of sup­port from the biggest democ­rats in the state, the con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion includ­ing the sen­a­tors like Eliz­a­beth War­ren have been silent as has Gov Patrick but I found one Demo­c­rat pri­mary can­di­date at the rally.

Mr Devine’s pres­ence high­lights the peo­ple who have stayed away. There was how­ever a lot of pride in those who backed them includ­ing state sen­a­tors & reps (like my own Steve DiNa­tale D-​Fitchburg) who have been pub­lic in this sup­port but as I walked behind the podium again I got the feel­ing these peo­ple & their fam­i­lies would remem­ber who was with them and who was against them.

Near noon they started pack­ing up

And clean­ing up

I gave a brief sum­mary of what I saw

and as I was leav­ing I inter­viewed one last per­son who worked at the store where the protest took place.

At this point my wife and I went across the street to the Ray Kroc Memo­r­ial Jour­nal­is­tic Fil­ing cen­ter McDon­alds were I plugged in and put up a quick post. At the loca­tion we talked to sev­eral of the pro­test­ers and cus­tomers who with a sin­gle excep­tion expressed sym­pa­thy with the work action. A few McDon­alds work­ers also men­tioned see­ing Arthur T on occa­sion and vouched for the good nature of Mr. Arthur T.

One Han­ni­ford employee who came back seemed to sug­gest that some of the Mar­ket Bas­ket cus­tomers who have flocked to the store dur­ing the work action have expressed annoy­ance with the action but the think I found most amaz­ing was being told by pro­test­ers was how many peo­ple where totally unaware of what is going on even though it’s been all over the news and the pro­test­ers where very visible.

That frankly is, in my opin­ion, Arthur S’ biggest advantage.

In clos­ing I can’t see Mr. S. accept­ing any offer from Mr. T. If this was about money & suc­cess his cousin would still be doing day to day oper­a­tions. From Arthur S. per­spec­tive his side of the fam­ily feels cheated, they even­tu­ally won in court only to see on of his side of the fam­ily switch, then he finally gets the com­pany and there is a work­ers revolt caus­ing him to retain his Cousin in charge. Then when he finally seem­ingly gets rid of him, the entire work­force revolts.

I think he’d burn the com­pany to the ground before sell­ing out, if the work­ers are going to win it’s going to have to mean one of the other share­hold­ers will have to decide it just isn’t worth it.

Let’s hope for the best

Friday I attended the Protest at the Market Basket in Tewksbury that you might have heard of on the NBC nightly news yesterday.

I got to the event at 10 but even during the post rush hour time of the event the The Traffic on 495 was impossible and when I arrived at the event I had to park a 1/2 mile away (off of the map shown on the Save Market Basket Facebook page.

I pretty much started interviewing people as I moved forward.

There were people leaving early because of commitments and new people coming and I kept interviewing them.

I eventually got to the crowd and boy it was BIG

I extended the monopod and to a pan of the crowd:

I saw a Tea Party fellow with a flag and interviewed him.

Followed by a warehouse worker, they have taken the biggest hit from this work action.

There were many speakers:

They stood next to a stuffed Giraffe symbolizing “sticking your neck out” and the podium is the back of a large pickup truck

Which has been their makeshift platform.

The Petition that last speaker mentioned were in a tent next to the truck

There was a wide variety of speakers, here is a sample

I worked my way to the back of the crowd. There is a series of tent at the back where people were set up with water for people. While in that tent I spoke to a fellow from Jeff Kuhner show.

At the end of this interview there was suddenly a surge of people to a truck near K-Mart

It was Pizza from Dominos that had been purchased anonymously

When I got back to the tent it was pointed out that other local business had also supported the protesters

But back to the protest proper, the workers sticking out their necks vary between short term workers like Chris

To long term workers like Ken

Though this is a labor issue the workers have rejected unionizing although some Unions have shown support

(It’s not often you get unions and tea party guys on the same side.)

What has been very conspicuous has been the lack of support from the biggest democrats in the state, the congressional delegation including the senators like Elizabeth Warren have been silent as has Gov Patrick but I found one Democrat primary candidate at the rally.

Mr Devine’s presence highlights the people who have stayed away. There was however a lot of pride in those who backed them including state senators & reps (like my own Steve DiNatale D-Fitchburg) who have been public in this support but as I walked behind the podium again I got the feeling these people & their families would remember who was with them and who was against them.

Near noon they started packing up

And cleaning up

I gave a brief summary of what I saw

and as I was leaving I interviewed one last person who worked at the store where the protest took place.

At this point my wife and I went across the street to the Ray Kroc Memorial Journalistic Filing center McDonalds were I plugged in and put up a quick post. At the location we talked to several of the protesters and customers who with a single exception expressed sympathy with the work action. A few McDonalds workers also mentioned seeing Arthur T on occasion and vouched for the good nature of Mr. Arthur T.

One Hanniford employee who came back seemed to suggest that some of the Market Basket customers who have flocked to the store during the work action have expressed annoyance with the action but the think I found most amazing was being told by protesters was how many people where totally unaware of what is going on even though it’s been all over the news and the protesters where very visible.

That frankly is, in my opinion, Arthur S’ biggest advantage.

In closing I can’t see Mr. S. accepting any offer from Mr. T. If this was about money & success his cousin would still be doing day to day operations. From Arthur S. perspective his side of the family feels cheated, they eventually won in court only to see on of his side of the family switch, then he finally gets the company and there is a workers revolt causing him to retain his Cousin in charge. Then when he finally seemingly gets rid of him, the entire workforce revolts.

I think he’d burn the company to the ground before selling out, if the workers are going to win it’s going to have to mean one of the other shareholders will have to decide it just isn’t worth it.

Let’s hope for the best