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Market Basket employees not worried about jobs

Union Leader Correspondent

August 20. 2014 7:52PM
Market Basket employees standing in protest Wednesday in Tilton, from left, Jayson Wiles, Will Bickford, Skylar Murphy, Chris Collins, Jessica Chase, Glen Moore and Dylan Bernie. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)

TILTON — Market Basket employees were taking turns standing in protest of their store’s management Wednesday, doing so on their work breaks with full consent of their managers.

Some of their signs ask shoppers to boycott their store. Others promote their favorite store executive, Arthur T. Demoulas, who has been fighting for control of the company.

Despite the anti-Market Basket signs and the clamoring to incoming shoppers to stay away, none of the workers protesting Wednesday afternoon said they were worried about their jobs. And none said they had looked for new jobs since the battle began.

Arthur T., they believe, will win the battle, and win it soon. And then, things will go back to normal.

“I have no doubt, we’re going to win,” said Dylan Bernie, a worker from Tilton.

“We are not afraid,” said employee Jayson Wiles of Laconia.

“I have never protested like this before for anything, so this

The full-timers are still working full-time hours at the store, carrying out all of their own duties as well as the tasks that part-timers used to perform. “Some of us are cleaning areas we’ve never worked in before,” Chase said.

The store’s vendors are still delivering most products, workers said. But there has been little need for resupply of shelves, as few people are shopping at the store.

Area residents seem to be showing their support for the workers by boycotting,” said Bernie. “Mostly the shoppers are out-of-staters, tourists, people from Florida.”

About 1 p.m. Wednesday, when the grocery department staff took its break, the parking lot was empty, as it has been for more than a month.

“There’s only one register operating in there now, and at this time on a Wednesday, in the middle of summer, every register would be very busy; there’d be traffic here,” Chase said.

Workers said they get their news from Market Basket employee Facebook pages, and the news of late has been good.

“It’s about to happen, and I don’t see it falling through,” Chase said.

“We’re a strong family,” Wiles said of his fellow employees. “We’ll deal with whatever happens.”

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