2014-08-05 08:43:22 - Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Tuesday, August 5th news conference in Manchester, NH to announce he is asking newly-arrived Market Basket corporate management to stop threatening the company’s employees. “What we have is a situation that could escalate out of control and shut down the company,” Andy says. “Management is trying to use terror tactics against employees who are protesting the company’s change in leadership. What we are seeing is American business history-in-the-making. While I support employee protests I have also offered to mediate this family feud. I am concerned by the fate of thousands of employee careers and hundreds of thousands of satisfied shoppers who are now endangered by out-of-state corporate ‘managers’ who have no ties to the Granite State. Let’s sit down and talk this out, the ‘New Hampshire way.’’ [Andy will have another major Market Basket announcement on Wednesday.]
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF MANCHESTER, NH NEWS CONFERENCE
ATTENTION NATIONAL, POLITICAL, NEW HAMPSHIRE DAYBOOK & ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin is asking Market Basket corporate executives to stop threatening the company’s employees
Andy is trying to stop the corporate/employee confrontation from spiraling out of control
Andy says Market Basket workers have a right to manifest their loyalty for the former management team that provided above-average compensation for workers and below-average prices for shoppers
Andy says he is ignoring media attacks on him for supporting Market Basket associates
(Manchester, NH) (August 5, 2014)
Dear Granite Stater:
I have come under attack in the media for supporting Market Basket employees. What are these self-styled media majordomos thinking? Or, maybe, what are they smoking?
Market Basket is a crucial part of New Hampshire’s and New England’s economy. The company’s New Hampshire stores alone generate over a billion dollars in revenue. Thousands of our neighbors work there. Tens of thousands of persons depend on Market Basket paychecks.
And hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents, myself included, depend on Market’s Basket’s low prices and high-quality products to balance their family food budgets.
When a dispute threatens the economy of our state that matter is not an entirely “private” matter. Yes, the private parties will ultimately come to a settlement. But as a conservative I do not want to see the Market Basket confrontation spiral out of control and damage either the company or the employees, and certainly not the customers who depend on the company to deliver high quality and low prices.
What the media do no not like is that I am demonstrating the same type of public leadership I have shown for almost fifty years. Their favored candidates are doing nothing and one candidate, Scott Brown, is collecting millions from Wall Street pirates who have built their fortunes on scab labor (Market Basket is not unionized, but management has threatened associates with mass firings). These Wall Street raiders are drooling at the prospect of cutting wages, eliminating benefits, lowering quality and stripping Market Basket down to the bone.
It is interesting to see my primary opponents blathering about the “economy” and “jobs but when it comes to actually standing shoulder-to shoulder with ordinary working folk, they retreat to their private meeting rooms and ban media coverage of their remarks. When push-comes-to-shove, I am the only genuine “New Hampshire conservative” who is standing up for ordinary citizens.
If you are a millionaire, maybe you don’t need my help. But most New Hampshire citizens struggle to make ends meet. What are my Republican opponents offering these people? Absolutely nothing. The rest of the bunch of senate candidates are Mitt Romney-type stock speculators (Rubens) or Mitt Romney wannabes (Brown).
We can’t win back the confidence of the public if we do not stand up for public morality and public integrity. The Market Basket dispute, like all other disputes, will eventually be settled. They always are. But I do not want to see the company destroyed in the process. Thousands of New Hampshire residents make their livelihoods working for the economic engine that Arthur T. Demoulas has created for his staff and his customers.
I stand with Mr. Demoulas and with his thousands of employees; I am asking the out-of-state managers who parachuted into the Market Basket corporate offices [in Massachusetts] to stop threatening employees with dismissals and other disciplinary sanctions. These threats will boomerang and cost the company dearly. But then these out-of-state managers really don’t care about New Hampshire. They were brought here to remove Arthur T and then to start dismembering the company. How many times have we seen these tactics used in the past?
As your U. S. Senator I will put New Hampshire workers first, not the interests of corporate raiders and Wall Street campaign contributors who profit from closing plants, paying low wages and exporting jobs to China (those people are all supporting my opponents). If you believe in New Hampshire First and America First I am the only genuine article in the U. S. Senate election - in either party.
As you are aware, my campaign has been running radio advertising supporting Market Basket employees. Wednesday we will have another exciting announcement in my continuing efforts to protect good jobs for New Hampshire residents and good prices for New Hampshire grocery shoppers. Aren’t you proud that at least one Republican has his priorities straight?
Please join me in telling the newly-arrived, out-of-state Market Basket corporate hucksters to respect New Hampshire/New England values or go back where they came from.
P.S. I may be an underdog in the primary but I am the only Republican candidate who has the experience and who is prepared to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families. It is not often a Republican candidate has a pro-worker orientation. But there are more workers in this country than there are Scott Brown-supporting billionaires. Please consider giving me your vote. Who is more qualified to fight for your values? Who is more qualified to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families? (Hint: It’s not Jeanne Shaheen or Scott Brown)
News conference details: Manchester, NH August 5, 2014
New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin
Andy Martin asks Market Basket management to stop threatening employees with dismissal
Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets
Tuesday, August 5, 4:00 P.M.
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