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Workers Who Will Risk Their Jobs for Their Boss at Market Basket,

vs. Retailers That Spit on Their Part-Timers

The New York Times, July 19, 2014




It should be heart-warming to read how 2,500 workers at the Market Basket grocery chain rallied to protest the ousting of the company president in a family-management feud. The ex-president, they said, was generous and supportive. It should be heart-warming, that is, except for two factors: First: The amazement factor. Analysts “say they have never seen anything quite like it.” Of course it should be normal for managers to treat their workers well. And second is the contrast to the scores of stores and restaurants that jerk around their workers with irregular hours, shifts that are changed at the last minute, and of course lousy pay and benefits. How many part-timers at WalMart or Popeye’s would rally if their CEO were fired?


From the other side: Check out my book reviews for The National at http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/search?searchKey=Fran+Hawthorne&choice=true&pageNumber=1 and The New York Journal of Books at http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/search/apachesolr_search/Fran%20Hawthorne

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