Say goodbye to 20,000 Market Basket Jobs

by Datechguy | August 8th, 2014

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Say goodbye to 20,000 Market Basket Jobs

I can’t say I’m sur­prised by this devel­op­ment:


NEW BED­FORD – Part timers at the New Bed­ford Mar­ket Bas­ket left work en masse today, tak­ing with them their last pay­check and a slip of paper with a num­ber for the state unem­ploy­ment office.

It’s like a funeral in here,” said store direc­tor Bill Clark, who said that he had to lay off his part time work­ers, who rep­re­sent about 90 per­cent of the store’s employ­ees. “It’s going to be very dif­fi­cult to come back from this. I see Mar­ket Bas­ket non-​existent in the very near future, unless Arthur T. Demoulas makes some sort of statement.”

How­ever Mar­ket Bas­ket insists they are not in fact lay­ing off work­ers:

“I have issued an imme­di­ate com­mu­ni­ca­tion for all Store Direc­tors. All Store Direc­tors are to let their asso­ciates know that they are not laid off,” Thorn­ton said in a state­ment emailed by the com­pany Thurs­day after­noon. “All Store Direc­tors as part of their nor­mal respon­si­bil­i­ties are able to and often do reduce hours but they need to make clear when doing so that the indi­vid­u­als are still employ­ees of DSM.

I sus­pect to the employ­ees no longer get­ting checks that is a dis­tinc­tion with­out a difference.

Now in terms of a busi­ness deci­sion this is a sound move. There is no money com­ing in there­fore there is no point in sched­ul­ing hours and even bet­ter if your goal is to dump the com­pany, the more part timers loyal to Arthur T who are no longer with the com­pany the eas­ier it will be to dump the place and not worry about a worker revolt.

In terms of PR of course the idea that you are dump­ing 20,000 work­ers is basi­cally a dis­as­ter and in an elec­tion year is not some­thing that will be pols look­ing to be elected and re-​elected are in a posi­tion to ignore..

How­ever I think this has reached the point where man­age­ment has decided no amount of bad PR is going to stop them, I think the store is going to be sold out from under the employ­ees and an entire new team brought it.

The only prob­lem being of course while you can wait or starve the employ­ees out the cus­tomers have other alter­na­tives and it will take a lot of time effort and money to try to win them back.

How­ever this is New Eng­land land of the low info vot­ers, given that the vot­ers have been wil­ing to elect and re-​elect peo­ple who ignore and abuse them I see absolutely no rea­son why a buyer wouldn’t assume the cus­tomers who vote that way wouldn’t shop that way too.

Final thought, be pre­pared now that tens of thou­sands of vot­ers are about to lose their jobs for pols to get involved who did not, but per­haps if they had got­ten involved before this point maybe those tens of thou­sands wouldn’t have lost their jobs.

Of course if the GOP took my advice on the mat­ter back in July thou­sands of young peo­ple who would likely never think of vot­ing Repub­li­can might right now be remem­ber­ing which party was on their side before their jobs were lost.

As I said at the time it was a golden oppor­tu­nity for the Mass­a­chu­setts GOP and the smart thing to do…

…which explains why they failed to do it.

I can’t say I’m surprised by this development:


NEW BEDFORD – Part timers at the New Bedford Market Basket left work en masse today, taking with them their last paycheck and a slip of paper with a number for the state unemployment office.

“It’s like a funeral in here,” said store director Bill Clark, who said that he had to lay off his part time workers, who represent about 90 percent of the store’s employees. “It’s going to be very difficult to come back from this. I see Market Basket non-existent in the very near future, unless Arthur T. Demoulas makes some sort of statement.”

However Market Basket insists they are not in fact laying off workers:

“I have issued an immediate communication for all Store Directors. All Store Directors are to let their associates know that they are not laid off,” Thornton said in a statement emailed by the company Thursday afternoon. “All Store Directors as part of their normal responsibilities are able to and often do reduce hours but they need to make clear when doing so that the individuals are still employees of DSM.

I suspect to the employees no longer getting checks that is a distinction without a difference.

Now in terms of a business decision this is a sound move. There is no money coming in therefore there is no point in scheduling hours and even better if your goal is to dump the company, the more part timers loyal to Arthur T who are no longer with the company the easier it will be to dump the place and not worry about a worker revolt.

In terms of PR of course the idea that you are dumping 20,000 workers is basically a disaster and in an election year is not something that will be pols looking to be elected and re-elected are in a position to ignore..

However I think this has reached the point where management has decided no amount of bad PR is going to stop them, I think the store is going to be sold out from under the employees and an entire new team brought it.

The only problem being of course while you can wait or starve the employees out the customers have other alternatives and it will take a lot of time effort and money to try to win them back.

However this is New England land of the low info voters, given that the voters have been wiling to elect and re-elect people who ignore and abuse them I see absolutely no reason why a buyer wouldn’t assume the customers who vote that way wouldn’t shop that way too.

Final thought, be prepared now that tens of thousands of voters are about to lose their jobs for pols to get involved who did not, but perhaps if they had gotten involved before this point maybe those tens of thousands wouldn’t have lost their jobs.

Of course if the GOP took my advice on the matter back in July thousands of young people who would likely never think of voting Republican might right now be remembering which party was on their side before their jobs were lost.

As I said at the time it was a golden opportunity for the Massachusetts GOP and the smart thing to do…

…which explains why they failed to do it.

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