An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 Market Basket employees and others showed up at the company's
The turnout by warehouse employees and drivers crippled the company's ability to ship groceries from the adjacent
"I never took more sick calls in my life than I did today,"
Protests will continue until
"We can shut this company down, and that is the only way we're going to gain the attention of the board of directors," Trainor said. "We keep these warehouses shut down, and by midweek next week, the customers will be ringing the phone off the hook."
A driver for an outside carrier said he was unable to make his scheduled delivery to the
"There were 50 trucks in the parking lot this morning waiting to get in," said the driver, Jason, who only wanted to be identified by his first name. "They weren't taking any trucks. All the truck bays are blocked (by Market Basket trucks), and there weren't any Market Basket employees. Normally, there's trucks coming in all day, at least until
Stores were open as usual yesterday, and will be "as long as they have product to sell," Trainor said.
Employees interviewed by the Herald said they had checked into work prior to the rally and planned to return after. "We were encouraged to go, but I made the decision on my own," said
In a memo to employees Thursday in advance of the rally, new co-CEOs
Harcourt said he was "more worried about losing the company if I didn't come here."
Spokeswomen for the CEOs and board did not respond to Herald inquiries.
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