Market Basket protest continues after some employees are fired


 TEWKSBURY, Mass. ( -- Customers tweeted pictures of empty shelves at some Market Basket stores this weekend as workers plan to continue their protests over the company's former CEO.

Eight veteran employees are out of a job. According to a Facebook page set up by protesting workers, several employees were given termination letters by a courier Sunday.

FOX 25's Jessica Reyes spoke with one employee who was notified of his termination after working for the company for 27 years. Joe Schmidt was at home when he received the envelope form a courier.

"It's unfortunate, but, you know, I supported Arthur T. Demoulas, I still support Arthur T. Demoulas, and I will always support Arthur T. Demoulas. He is the man who should be running this company," said Schmidt.

An Arthur T. support protest was held Monday morning in Tewksbury. It comes as the company's board of directors is scheduled to hold a board meeting by phone about employee demands.

Dozens of lawmakers are now urging their constituents to stand with Market Basket employees by boycotting the grocery chain. State Senator Barry Finegold of Andover was the first to send out a letter encouraging a boycott. He says the company's family feud is hurting local communities. Attorney General Martha Coakley released a statement calling the employee's actions "inspiring."

Arthur T. Demoulas was fired in June by a board controlled by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. The two have fought for control of the company for decades.

As of Monday morning, more than 6,000 people signed a petition asking Market Basket to reinstate Arthur T.