Market Basket CEOs Give Protesting Workers ‘Final’ Warning

BOSTON — Market Basket is giving what it calls a “final” warning to the hundreds of employees who’ve walked off the job to protest the firing of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Letters have gone out to a number of administrative, warehouse and distribution workers, warning that they’ll be fired if they don’t return to work by Friday.

Protest organizers say 700 workers received the letter, but a statement from a company spokesperson cited a smaller number.

“Approximately 200 associates who work at headquarters and the distribution centers have failed to report to work, despite several company communications requesting they do so,” the statement read. “The company has not taken any action in response to their absence, but is left with no choice but to make this last request.”

Signed by the company CEOs, the letter sent to employees says if they don’t return to their jobs, the company will consider those jobs abandoned, thereby ending employment.

The company has issued repeated warnings to protesting employees, but says this one will be the last.

Reaction from workers has been mixed. Some consider it just another deadline. But others say this may be their last chance to return without consequences.

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