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Tewksbury Library To Screen New Market Basket Documentary

Jun 10, 2016 06:31AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Tewksbury Public Library

(Editor's Note: this information was provided by the Tewksbury Public Library and the film company.)

The Tewksbury Public Library is screening the new documentary, "Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket," on Tuesday, June 21, from 8:30pm to 10pm.  The Tewksbury Library is the first library in the state that has been granted permission to show the film, which has previously only been screened in theaters.

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history. It's what the New York Times called "the last stand for the middle class."

Within days of hearing the news that their beloved "Artie T" had been axed, several high-ranking managers resigned, others were fired. Truckers stopped trucking. Warehouses stopped supplying. Vendors stopped shipping. Customers stopped shopping. Employees picketed in parking lots. Practically overnight, the $4 billion dollar business, with 71 stores scattered across three states, ground to a halt. Governors from two states were called in to negotiate a settlement.

Throughout the entire summer, workers, managers and customers were galvanized. They didn't want more money, better benefits or work conditions. They only wanted back Arthur T, a quiet leader who operated on simple, long-held family values he learned from his grandfather who started the business nearly 100 years ago - treat your workers well, give customers "more for their dollar," and you'll build the American dream.

What unfolded for the next seven weeks erupted into a major news story that gripped New England and churned across the country. It's the saga of a Greek immigrant who lived the American dream and the nightmare of his descendants, with fundamentally different views of how to run a successful business, feuding for control. It's a new take on the struggle for non-union workers and loyal customers to get a fair shake in a world where the 1% seems to pull all the strings. It is a distinctly 21st century drama where ideals, personalities, passions, old tactics and new tools turn conventional ideas about labor, management and consumers on their heads.

Only one film crew was on the ground throughout the summer, following the fear, anger, hope and courage of a most unlikely cast of characters. By consistently being the folks that "kept showing up," the filmmakers gained unique trust and access to people who are central to the Market Basket saga.

Food Fight is the story of the battle to save Market Basket, and about the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history.  

Adults and teens from Tewksbury and beyond are invited to attend this free event. Complimentary movie refreshments will be served.  Due to limited space, attendees are asked to pre-register and reserve their seats by calling 978-640-4490 x 205, emailing rhayes@mvlc.org, or visiting the library’s online calendar of events at www.tewsburypl.org. The event will take place in the library's first-floor, handicap-accessible Meeting Room.  The library is located at 300 Chandler Street, at the corner of Chandler and Main Street (Route 38).


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