Dean Barber

A Workers’ Story

In Corporate Site Selection and Economic Development on September 6, 2015 at 10:02 am

For six weeks in July and August of last year, employees of a multi-billion dollar supermarket chain protested to save the job of their CEO. A year later, things are going well for Market Basket. Happy Labor Day everyone.

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This is a pretty crazy story, one that I may not fully grasp. But it’s still important for us to try. My hunch is that there are some lessons to be learned here.

Appropriately, it happened or concluded nearly on the eve of Labor Day, in which we celebrate the American working man and woman.

Make no mistake about it, this is a workers’ story, one that is “unprecedented in modern U.S. labor history,” according to Thomas Kochan, professor of management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Christopher Mackin at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations echoed that sentiment saying, “This is unheard of in corporate America.”

The Summer of Market Basket

So there you go, this is an odd story but maybe not so much when you reflect more upon it. For the “Summer of Market Basket” was not a labor strike in the traditional sense.

That’s because…

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