For Immediate Release - August 28, 2014

AG Statement on Market Basket Sale

BOSTON – Today, after a deal was struck to sell the Market Basket chain to Arthur T. Demoulas, ending a weeks-long standoff between the company’s workers and executive management, Attorney General Martha Coakley released this statement:

“This is a victory for the employees and the communities that Market Basket serves. The willingness of the workers to stand together and put their jobs on the line has been truly inspiring, and today their voices have been heard. Now, the work starts anew to return Market Basket to the vibrant local company and community partner that it has always been, and will be again.”

BACKGROUND:

On July 31, AG Coakley joined Attorney General Joseph Foster of New Hampshire to issue a letter to Market Basket’s leadership reminding them of the laws surrounding worker terminations. The AG’s website also published a Frequently Asked Questions section in an effort to provide as much information to workers as possible.

On Aug. 7, due to the evolving circumstances and a significant increase in calls from Market Basket employees the AG’s Office opened a dedicated hotline staffed by the AG’s Fair Labor Division. Since the hotline opened, the AG’s office has received more than 1,000 calls.

The AG’s Office is responsible for enforcing the Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws, including but not limited to the laws regulating the payment of wages, meal breaks, overtime and misclassification of employees in the Commonwealth. More information about the state’s wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the AG’s Workplace Rights website: www.massworkrights.com.

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