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At Somerville Market Basket, Some Shelves Empty As Workers Protest

A Somerville Market Basket shopper, standing next to a sign expressing support for ousted-CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, reads a sheet of paper calling for people to stop shopping at the supermarket chain until Arthur T. is reinstated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A Somerville Market Basket shopper, standing next to a sign expressing support for ousted-CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, reads a sheet of paper calling for people to stop shopping at the supermarket chain until Arthur T. is reinstated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Market Basket employees protested outside of the Somerville store near Union Square Tuesday afternoon. At a rally in Tewksbury Monday, protest organizers urged employees to take their fight to have Arthur T. reinstated back to their own stores. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Market Basket employees protested outside of the Somerville store near Union Square Tuesday afternoon. At a rally in Tewksbury on Monday, protest organizers urged employees to take their fight to have Arthur T. reinstated back to their own stores. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The dispute is starting to affect stores, as some employees refuse to make deliveries. While the produce aisles in Somerville were mostly empty, much of the rest of the store was stocked. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The dispute is starting to affect stores, as some employees refuse to make deliveries. While the produce aisles in Somerville were mostly empty, much of the rest of the store was stocked. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Eight workers were fired over the weekend because the company said “their actions continued to harm the company, negatively impacted customers, and inhibited associates’ ability to perform their jobs.” (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Eight workers were fired over the weekend because the company said “their actions continued to harm the company, negatively impacted customers, and inhibited associates’ ability to perform their jobs.” (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Peter Hedman, of Cambridge, a loyal Market Basket customer, was at the Somerville location Tuesday to show support for employees and Arthur T. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Peter Hedman, of Cambridge, a loyal Market Basket customer, was at the Somerville location Tuesday to show support for employees and Arthur T. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On Monday, Arthur T., in his first public statement since being fired, urged the family-owned company to reinstate workers who had been fired for protesting. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On Monday, Arthur T., in his first public statement since being fired, urged the family-owned company to reinstate workers who had been fired for protesting. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In an open letter to customers published Saturday in The Boston Globe, new Market Basket co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch apologized to shoppers. “Unfortunately, in response to the recent management changes, some have lost sight of the top priority – taking care of you.” (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In an open letter to customers published Saturday in The Boston Globe, new Market Basket co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch apologized to shoppers. “Unfortunately, in response to the recent management changes, some have lost sight of the top priority – taking care of you.” (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Signs urging customers not to shop at the store until Arthur T. was reinstated lined some empty racks in Somerville. (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

Signs urging customers not to shop at the store until Arthur T. was reinstated lined empty shelves in Somerville. (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

As of Monday, 37 state lawmakers and mayors had agreed to encourage constituents to stop shopping at Market Basket until Arthur T. is reinstated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As of Monday, 37 state lawmakers and mayors had agreed to encourage constituents to stop shopping at Market Basket until Arthur T. is reinstated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With additional reporting by The Associated Press.

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