TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) - Some workers at the Market Basket supermarket chain are expected to walk off the job at the company's Tewksbury headquarters in a show of support for their fired boss.

Employees loyal to former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas pressed for his reinstatement in a letter that had a Thursday afternoon deadline.

The new CEOs, Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch, said in a letter to workers Thursday that those who walk away from their jobs could be fired.

Demoulas, a member of the family that owns the privately held chain, lost his job in a long-running battle with a cousin for control.

Thorton and Gooch said the power to reinstate Demoulas lies with the board that fired him in June. The board plans a telephone conference Monday to discuss the workers' demand. Employee representatives were invited.


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