The story has been front-page news all summer. One faction executes a hostile takeover of a non-union company and the employees rise up, risking their livelihoods to return the loyalty their former CEO has always shown them. The media and the public find the Market Basket story irresistible, but we know it isn’t unique. ABC member companies and their employees have long shared that kind of loyalty. But it sure is nice for the public to learn that those kinds of employment relationships still exist in an increasingly cynical world.
The Market Basket example couldn’t come at a better time for ABC. Increasing public awareness of the bonds between non-union companies and their employees will only accelerate the momentum we’re already gaining among elected officials. The two-year legislative session that recently ended was among the most successful we’ve ever had. In addition to defeating or amending bills that would have been harmful to the construction industry, we also took a more pro-active role.
Process piping was just one example of the issues on which ABC exercised the growing respect it has earned by organizing and leading a coalition of industry and outside groups to advocate for our position. We used a similar strategy to amend portions of an Unemployment Insurance reform bill that would have been devastating to construction employers. Like Market Basket’s loyal, hard-working employees, our members are making for better outcomes on Beacon Hill by working together.
Recognition that ABC member companies are highly professional and treat their employees as such has been growing in state government. As the Market Basket story plays out in headlines and in TV screens across New England and beyond, the public is also learning about the partnership between our member companies and their workers.
The Market Basket drama ultimately had a happy ending. It stands as a reminder that great things can happen when we come together – and sometimes sacrifice – for the common good.