BOSTON (CBS) – The current CEOs of Market Basket have set a deadline for employees to return to work.

For weeks, managers and associates have been protesting the firing of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

The company issued a statement saying everyone can return back to work without fear of penalty on Monday, August 4. After Monday, the company says they will start advertising for open positions.

Related: Managers Threaten To Quit

Full statement released by Market Basket CEOs on Thursday:

“We want Market Basket associates back to work and reiterate that they can return without fear of penalty. We again acknowledge and understand how difficult this situation has been for associates. However, we also need to have associates working to support stores, customers and vendors. We need associates to return to work on Monday August 4th. We understand that some associates may choose not to return, consequently we will begin advertising for employment opportunities. Our hope and strong preference is to have Market Basket’s incredible associates return to work. Again, any associate that wants to return will be welcomed and not penalized.”



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