227 Part-Time Market Basket Workers File For Unemployment In N.H.

Aug 8, 2014

Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

The state’s unemployment office says it’s starting to see requests for unemployment from part-time Market Basket employees who’ve had their hours cut.

New Hampshire Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis says as of noon Friday, 227 workers had filed for unemployment benefits.

“Highest volume was in the Portsmouth location of that and the second highest was in Salem.”

He expects that number to rise drastically next week, when the company’s part-time employees see their hours cut.

Market Basket officials announced Thursday that part-time workers would no longer be scheduled for hours starting Sunday due to plummeting sales.

The state estimates roughly 8,000 workers in New Hampshire will be affected.

Many customers are boycotting the state’s nearly 30 stores, as employees have been protesting, demanding the Board of Directors reinstate former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.