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Protesters hold signs and taunt a car entering the site of a Market Basket Supermarket job fair in Andover, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Market Basket employees and their supporters are calling for the reinstatement of their fired CEO, even as the company is in the midst of a three-day job fair to replace employees who have refused to work during a revolt that is costing the supermarket chain millions. (AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Protesters hold signs and taunt a car entering the site of a Market Basket Supermarket job fair in Andover, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Market Basket employees and their supporters are calling for the reinstatement of their fired CEO, even as the company is in the midst of a three-day job fair to replace employees who have refused to work during a revolt that is costing the supermarket chain millions. (AP)

It's been almost a month since many Market Basket employees walked off the job to protest the ouster of their beloved boss Arthur T. Demoulas — and the grocery chain is now on its knees.

Tuesday, co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch issued an ultimatum targeting the 600 to 800 warehouse and distribution workers who have not been reporting to work.

The letter says workers must return by Friday or the company will end their employment. In the meantime, low-income customers are feeling the effects of having to shop elsewhere for their groceries.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer gets an update on this labor uprising rooted in a long-time family feud.

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Curt Nickisch, WBUR business and technology reporter. He tweets @CurtNickisch.

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WBUR: Market Basket Standoff Hits Low-Income Customers Hard

  • "The Market Basket standoff is putting a growing strain on the company’s customers — especially on low-income shoppers, who make up a disproportionately large part of Market Basket’s customer base, compared to other supermarkets."

This segment aired on August 12, 2014.

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Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.

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