Guest post, Joe Schmidt Operations Supervisor

“Joe Schmidt is the ultimate professional as he goes from store to store performing his duties as an Operations Supervisor and has the respect of everyone from store level to upper management. Joe is very concerned as are all of us with what this Board has been doing to our company. Thank you Joe for speaking out and taking a leadership role in this fight.”

 

Guest post Joe Schmidt Operations Supervisor

Good evening fellow associates.

I first want to convey how proud I am to be associated with so many members of our company that have spoken out with unyielding support for Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas.  Thanks to all of you for doing what is right by our company.

I want to take a few moments to share some of my personal thoughts with all of you.  I know that I do not have to tell anyone how much passion that I have for our great company and how much I admire Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas and his father Mr. T.A. Demoulas.  These two Continue Reading

Guest post, Bob Medeiros Produce Supervisor

My name is Bob Medeiros and I’ve worked for Market Basket for over 29 years.
Here is my story -
I was born in Portugal and came to the US with my family when I was 8 years old. I had a very hard time growing up in this country as I didn’t know how to speak English and my parents were having a hard time finding jobs. Much like many new immigrants, you can say we suffered in the beginning. Struggling my way through school, learning the language, helping my parents out as much as I could wasn’t a fun thing for a kid to go through, but we managed with the support of family.
When I turned 16 years old I heard about Market Basket opening down the street from my house. I filled out an application and went to see Mr. Joe Garon, the store manager, for a job interview. I was very nervous but he told me “Bob, I have 2 openings, one in the produce department or one bagging.” Bagging didn’t interest me at all and so I picked produce. My first week in the produce department, I met two sisters. The older one said that she could see me marrying her younger sister and when the time came she wanted to be the maid of honor. I did marry that younger sister 20 years ago, and her sister was in fact the maid of honor. You can say it worked out well for me – thanks to you, Mr. Garon!
I worked hard in the produce department and moved my way up. I was given an amazing opportunity as a very young produce manager at the old Chelsea Market Basket. I had the privilege of spending a lot of time with Mr. T.A. Demoulas at that time and, you can say, I got my Market Basket degree from the man himself. He was the Warren Buffet of grocery stores and I learned so much from him. He possessed the qualities we all strive for: integrity, respect, loyalty, his knowledge of merchandising and love for his family, just to name a few. Anyone who knew him, wanted to be just like him and emulate him in every way. He would ask me about my parents knowing that I came from the old country he would say, “Bob, one day you and I are going to go to the old country together!” and I would say “as long as you are paying for the trip, I’m in!” Well, Mr D. we never got to make that trip but I’ll never forget our journey together just the same. You taught me so much during that journey, and you, my father along with Market Basket helped to shape me to what I am today. Mr. T.A. is no longer with us but he left the same impact on others as well.
Every now and then when I hear Mr Artie T Demoulas speak, I swear in can hear Mr. T.A. Demoulas’ voice. I have never met a more amazing man who was loved, respected and appreciated by all Market Basket associates. Family is so important and this company is all about family. As a father of two teenagers, I am proud that my family (wife & kids) have all worked for the family business. My sister Laura also worked for Market Basket and married someone from the company as well. She tragically passed away at the age of 27 from a terminal disease and my family and I were devastated. I can’t tell you how the hundreds or perhaps thousands of Market Basket family members that waited for hours at the wake to support and comfort me and my family during one of the worst times of our lives. Where else would you get this kind of heart-warming support? Not in Wall Street, that’s for sure!
Market Basket stands out in the grocery store industry and anyone of its workers or customers can tell you that it is because of the leadership found in T.A. and now Artie T. Demoulas. Market Basket is embarking in a new journey and last month, the Lowell Sun named Arthur T. Demoulas as Man of Year. We could not agree more! Market Basket is made of 25,000 strong and we support Mr. Artie T. Demoulas as the leader for this era. We just ask that the members of the Board to please release his handcuffs and let the man do his job!
Thank you again Mr. Artie T. Demoulas for all you do! We support you every step of the way! With the greatest fondness and the deepest gratitude,
Bob Medeiros
Produce supervisor
29 years

 

Guest post, Tom Trainor Grocery Supervisor

Thank you to all that have posted and shared your stories on this site and Face Book. The more of us that put our story out there the more solid our unity becomes. It has been about 7 weeks since I posted on this website for the first time, not being a Face Book person this website offered an alternative to the many associates that don’t have Face Book accounts.

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Guest Post from Sandy Chiasson, Bakery Supervisor

As we enter our holiday season I can’t help but reflect on a few things, especially amidst all that is going on within our company. We just recently had our yearly December bonus meeting. We always look forward to hearing Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas speak. This year was no exception. As usual, Mr. D. reviewed all that we have accomplished throughout the year. As usual, he was proud of our accomplishments and thanked us all for our hard work over the past year. As usual, he shared with us as we received our bonuses. One thing was different, however. He could not share with us information as to what the future would hold for our company. He expressed that he was “forever grateful” for the overwhelming support that he has received over the past several months.

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Guest Post from Chris Tarr, Bakery Supervisor

To my fellow associates:

For a while now, I have been debating whether to post my comments, but after Tuesday’s meeting with ATD coupled with everything he has done for us, it’s the least I can do. Let me give you a brief summary of my twenty-five history with this great company:

My MB employment began at age fourteen, thanks to my brother’s encouragement. Like most of us, I started as a bagger, and worked my way up the ranks to a frontend assistant. When Haverhill 9 was getting a new store with a bakery department, I was definitely interested. That is when I began my bakery career cleaning floors, washing dishes, and eventually worked my way to a full time baker position. Eventually, I became a bakery manager, then a traveling bakery manager. Now I am a bakery supervisor which is something I have always dreamed of doing. This terrific company has allowed me to achieve my dreams and goals, and for that, I am grateful.

I would like to share a personal story that has confirmed what I have known all along, that the philosophy of this great company is, “People first and the food business second.”Continue Reading

Guest Post from Josh Higgins, Produce Supervisor

Esprit De Corps – noun -
Feelings of loyalty, enthusiasm, and devotion to a group among people who are members of the group.

Never have I been more proud to be associated with this great company and the great people that work for it.

I’ve been with Market Basket for 18 years. In most companies 18 years is a long time but at Market Basket this makes me no more than a rookie. Like everyone else I started part time and through hard work, and outstanding mentorship, have been able to rise to the rank of produce supervisor. I love what I do, who I work for, and who I work with. The fact that all of this is being threatened is very sad.

There is not much I can say that has not already been said by others. Arthur T is a great man and a visionary leader. The fact that this BOD is questioning his leadership and performance is senseless and without merit. Shareholders of publicly traded companies would pay a premium for leadership of this type. He has positioned Market Basket to not only grow our brand but to dominate our trading area for years to come. Removing him would do more damage to our company than any competitor could ever do.

I fully support Arthur T Demoulas and the senior management of our extraordinary company. I encourage everyone to do the same. Tell this BOD we want our company back!

Esprit de corps!

Josh Higgins
Produce Supervisor