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Workers Want CEO Back Picket for Weeks
BOSTON, MA (CBS2/FOX28) - Shelves are bare in Market Basket grocery stores.
Thousands of employees at market basket have been protesting for weeks - they refuse to work and delivery drivers refuse to bring food to the stores.
And a lot of it boils down to an interesting family feud.
In the 1950's the Demoulas's brothers owned a store in Lowell Massachusetts; they ended up passing it down to their two sons Arthur T. and Arthur S. who made a successful chain out of it.
In the 90's Arthur T.'s father was found guilty of stealing profits from his brother which initiated a family war.
Despite his father's loss, in 2008, Arthur T. was voted president of the company.
But back in June, the board, backed by Arthur S. managed to oust Arthur T.
Problem was, the employees loved him.
They say he paid them good money, gave them benefits and cared about them saying he even knew their names.
Now, they say they're not being treated well.
Employees say the board wants more profit so they're going to cut wages and hike up prices.
They say even though they haven't been working for weeks, they're standing their ground because it's the right thing to do.
Now, a total of 37 Massachusetts lawmakers have called for a boycott of the chain until Arthur T. is reinstated.
As the fight drags on, analysts say the future of the company, which employs about 25 thousand people, is uncertain.