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Ousted Demoulas CEO urges rehiring of fired Market Basket employees

BY Dan Berthiaume

Tewksbury, Mass. – The saga over the dismissal of former Demoulas Super Markets Inc. CEO Arthur T. Demoulas continues, with Demoulas making public commentary for the first time. In an official statement, Demoulas urged the rehiring of eight management-level employees at the Market Basket grocery chain fired for inventory problems that arose after a July 18 rally demanding his return.

“The success of Market Basket is the result of two things: a business model that works and the execution of it by a dedicated and impassioned team of associates,” said Demoulas’ statement. “Their fierce loyalty to the company and its customers has always been deeply valued. In the final analysis, this is not about me. It is about the people who have proven their dedication over many years and should not have lost their jobs because of it. I urge that they be reinstated in the best interest of the company and our customers.”

Market Basket has continued to report shortages of perishable goods since July 18, and numerous employee demonstrations have occurred outside stores. Parent company Demoulas has been using replacements for warehouse employees and drivers who have walked off their jobs and said they will not return until Demoulas is rehired. Arthur T. Demoulas had been waging a public battle with his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, a stakeholder and director of the company, about finances when he was fired in June. He remains a company shareholder.

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Stage Stores taps Action Services Group for lighting, electrical maintenance

BY Dan Berthiaume

Aston, Pa. – Actions Services Group, a national lighting maintenance, sign maintenance and electrical services company, has signed an agreement with Stage Stores for interior lighting maintenance and electrical services for three of its retail brands. The three retail brands include Bealls, Goody’s and Peebles with store locations across the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The on-demand lighting services provided by Action Services Group include handling all interior lighting maintenance and electrical services. The services include a ballast replacement program involving the capturing of individual store lighting asset-data and inventorying of lighting components, via Action Services Group’s enterprise management system, ServicePoint Solutions. The ballast replacement program will eliminate store management’s time in supervising inventory as well as reduce return service trip-charges due to previous lack of store lighting-component inventory on hand at time of services.

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NRF says Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety makes progress

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. — The NRF says the members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety have made tremendous progress in the past year, demonstrating their true commitment to safer working conditions in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry. In an official statement, NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said the group has made many achievements to improve the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers.

“The successful development of a strict and unified standard for structural, fire and electrical safety, the training of one million Bangladeshi factory workers and management on pertinent safety training programs, financial compensation for dislocated workers, and reinforced advocacy efforts before the Bangladeshi government are just a few of the Alliance’s achievements,” said Shay.

“While the group has made great strides, we know more needs to be done. Only through shared responsibility by all stakeholders, including industry, government, and labor will change be realized. We look forward to seeing continued progress in Bangladesh and providing the Alliance the support necessary to accomplish their goals.”

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