Shopper at Hooksett Market Basket: 'It's gone on too long'
About 20 protesters line Route 3A in front of the Hooksett Market Basket on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
8/22/14--An empty shopping carrige in a nearly empty parking lot at the Hooksett Market Basket on Friday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
8/22/14--About 20 protesters, including full-time produce employee Victoria White of Hooksett, line Route 3A in front of the Hooksett Market Basket on Friday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire late Friday released a joint statement about a pending resolution to the Market Basket stalemate.
“In briefings today, all parties report that they are optimistic that an agreement will be reached to sell the company to Arthur T. Demoulas and to restore him to operating authority on an interim basis until the sale closes. Subject to reducing their agreement in principle to writing by Sunday, the Board will forestall taking adverse employment action against the employees who have abandoned their jobs. We are hopeful that employees will return to work, and the stores will reopen, early next week,” according to Gov. Maggie Hassan and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick.
“If a person comes through with a smaller order, it might be 10 or 15 minutes before we see a person (again),” Curren said.
“Seven employees have gotten jobs between Hannaford, Shaw’s and an Irving gas station, and all are coming back,” O’Brien said.
For the past few weeks, all 297 part-time workers at the Hooksett store got no scheduled work hours after store directors were ordered to better match payroll with their withering cash register receipts.
On Friday, people couldn’t order a freshly made pizza, but they could buy a frozen one. They wouldn’t find a pork chops or chicken leg but could buy ham and kielbesa.
“I really didn’t want to come in,” said one woman, who didn’t want to give her name. “I don’t want to feed the greed, but she does.”
“It’s gone on too long,” said the second woman, who also would not give her name.
Curren, manning the register in the absence of part-timers Friday, normally is in charge of ordering and stocking items in Aisle 5, including juices and canned vegetables. He said he won’t remain working at Market Basket if a conglomerate buys the chain.
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