“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.”–Albert Schweitzer
After a day of sorting through all of the misleading and error filled information on the Board’s site, we feel it would be fitting to go into the holiday with a positive note.
We have so many reasons to be thankful for being associated with the company Market Basket and the man Arthur T. Demoulas. In a corporate world filled with cold blooded executives, we work with a man who knows us, cares for us and has shown time and time again that he will fight for every single one of us. He treats us like we are part of his family and in a very real sense, we are. This company is more than a business to him, it is part of his soul. We who shop there, work there or sell there share a special bond, a passion for this company unlike any other company we know of.
Our work force of dedicated associates is also unlike any other work force out there. We are ardent in our love for this company and the Demoulas family. They have shared so much with us over the years, more than just money, they have shared themselves with us and gotten to know about us and our families. There are very few associates of our company that won’t do anything that is asked of them for the benefit of the company.
We are a company built on respect, we respect those above us on the corporate ladder because they have walked the walk. We have a peculiar attitude about us that if you haven’t done our job then we have a hard time taking direction from you. It isn’t subordination because we are, almost to a fault, respectful of those above us. It is this culture that this great company has created where you are rewarded with promotion when you work hard. You never have to worry about someone coming in from the outside and taking a position that you are in the running for. You may not get that promotion this time around but you will only be beat by a peer with more experience.
ATD has helped all of us throughout our careers, and at this point with this hostile takeover of our company hanging over us ATD needs us, it is our turn to repay him for all that he has done for us. We need to stand united with him and if they fire him we need to do whatever is necessary to right that wrong. United with ATD we stand and we will win. This may sound corny but this is a battle that can and will be won by us, the Market Basket family. If it hadn’t been for the people, ATD and upper management would have been gone in July and our bonuses and profit sharing would be a memory. We can do this for ATD, we can do this for our Company and we can do this for each other.
As you enjoy tomorrow with your loved ones, remember to raise a glass to each other and to Arthur T. Give thanks for the family that is Market Basket.
Here’s to us.