Grocery Chain Workers Protest To Save The CEO's Job [UPDATE]

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It's become common to see workers complain about their bosses on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks. But many of the 21,000 employees of the New England grocery chain Market Basket are protesting and have gone online to save their CEO's job, as the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader reports.

At stake for them is someone many of them like and respect -- as well as fears of potential wage cuts, layoffs, and the end of benefits like profit sharing -- in what could be the culmination of a decades-long family feud. The company's board will reportedly consider firing CEO Arthur T. Demoulas in a meeting on Thursday, July 18, in what is seen as part of a family dispute, with two branches fighting over control and accusing each other of "drug abuse, extramarital affairs, underhanded legal tactics, and extreme greed" since 1971, according to The Boston Globe.

However, what has largely been an internal family matter has openly spilled over into the business and persuaded employees and customers to get involved.

Update July 19, 2013 5:45 AM: The efforts apparently worked. After a meeting that ran nearly 13 hours, the board did not vote to remove Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO. In a statement Demoulas said, "I am pleased with today's result. I hope to work constructively with the Board going forward...Thanks to everybody for their tremendous outpouring of support."