I have met Gov. Deval Patrick and walked the Market Basket store with him in New Bedford during its grand opening. I find him to be a sincere man who cares very deeply about helping people and this extends to the current crisis at Market Basket.
However, I am disappointed that Patrick has "turtled" to the company and the Arthur S. Demoulas-chosen "independent" board members by telling the Market Basket associates to return to work. The governor should be supportive and protective of the hard-working rank and file associates who are "sticking" their necks out collectively protesting the changes that are occurring at Market Basket under their new CEOs.
Patrick's actions have played into the hands of the ASD-led board, who immediately released another public-relations press release using the governor's words to justify corporate America's power. These are board members who changed an extremely successful Market Basket business model to a Wall Street business model that places shareholder value first. He should never have directed the patriots of Market Basket, its associates and customers, to cross the picket line to surrender to a hostile workplace held by threatening CEOs. I wonder if the Governor would have told "unionized" people to cross picket lines?
The governor must recognize what a special moment in time this is for hard-working people to assemble as one and voice their concerns against a company gone awry.
America needs a happy ending to this story. Gov. Patrick should use the clout of his office to persuasively assist in bringing closure to the Market Basket crisis. The people have spoken and they want the store sign to read Market Basket, not Pottersville. They want Artie T. back in charge.