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People have asked us to blog about the Stop n Shop strike that started last week. Personally, I try not to get involved in situations like this because it’s more complicated than meets the eye, and I don’t know all the details. I generally, as a default, usually side with labor, unless they give me a reason not to. And harassing and publicly shaming Bruins legend Ray Bourque for buying food in North Andover is one of those reasons:
The real crime here is that anyone would ever shop at Stop n Shop to begin with when Market Basket is a thing that exists.
These seem like perfectly reasonable responses:
“Now my 300 autographs I got when I played against Chris are worthless.”
Tell us more about the glory days bro. We’re all very impressed. Almost as impressed as the fact that you’re a grown ass man who wears flat brimmed hats, can shoot a frisbee, and carry a gun in your crotch.
Someone pointed out that publicly shaming people probably isn’t the most effective way to get your point across, but Christine Fontanez disagreed.
Yea, no. You could’ve posted a video of anyone shopping there, and you chose Ray Bourque because he’s famous. Customers who cross picket lines aren’t scabs; replacement workers are. But you’re not shaming them, just a private citizen trying to buy overpriced food at a shitty supermarket.
And all these yahoos calling him a “scab,” have no idea what that word means. Scabs are replacement workers who take your job when you’re on strike. They undermine the strike. Ray Bourque is a customer, and you don’t treat customers like that. Ever. What happens when the strike ends and you see him in the store? Whatever your salary was was paid for by people like him.
Just to be clear, I would not have done this if I were Ray Bourque, especially when there are other places to shop. But when Market Basket workers went on strike a few years ago it worked, specifically because they didn’t do stuff like this. They stood there, smiled, and waved. The real problem aren’t the customers, it’s your fellow workers inside stocking the shelves and undermining your strike.
And no, your labor dispute has nothing to do with the fact that he was in a union too. Ray Bourque was in the top .01% of people in the world at playing hockey. He had a unique talent that couldn’t be replaced. His labor was valuable and rare, whereas your’s is replaceable. I also don’t remember seeing Stop n Shop workers standing on picket lines in front of any other striking workers recently, yet they want everyone else in a union to join their’s. Sorry, but that’s a hard pass on that one guys.
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