Market Basket worker files federal labor complaint

Market Basket employees Rees Gemmell, far right, and colleagues acknowledge passing supporters as they picket in front of the supermarket Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Haverhill, Mass.  A decades-long family feud, which brought about the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO of the privately held company, led to a worker revolt, customer boycotts and empty shelves in the grocery chain's stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 100 Massachusetts legislators and mayors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have publicly supported the employees. (AP Photo)
Market Basket employees Rees Gemmell, far right, and colleagues acknowledge passing supporters as they picket in front of the supermarket Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Haverhill, Mass. A decades-long family feud, which brought about the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO of the privately held company, led to a worker revolt, customer boycotts and empty shelves in the grocery chain's stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 100 Massachusetts legislators and mayors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have publicly supported the employees. (AP Photo)

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An employee of supermarket chain Market Basket has filed a federal complaint against the company for threatening to fire protesting workers.

Lowell resident Karen Bostwick says in her complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board office in Boston that Market Basket is “violating the right to picket and strike” and threatening to fire protesting employees “created a “hostile work environment.”

Bostwick works at the company’s Tewksbury headquarters.

Thousands of the 71-store chain’s workers have walked off the job in an effort to have ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas reinstated.

A spokesman for Market Basket said he could not comment because the company has not seen a copy of the complaint.

Arthur T. Demoulas is close to completing a purchase of shares of the company owned by rival family members.

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