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Employee Actions Focus of Panel Discussion

Submitted by on October 14, 2014 – 4:40 pm
Market Basket boycott

Market Basket employees and customers protested during the summer boycott of the grocery chain.

The recent precedent setting Market Basket strike, the historic Bread & Roses strike, and  the Occupy movement will be the subject of a panel discussion sponsored by Northern Essex Community College’s  Department of Global Studies on Friday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.,

This event is free and open to the public.

These three examples of direct action will be examined and discussed by a panel of local experts including NECC Professor Stephen Russell, who will speak on the Bread & Roses strike of 1912; NECC Professor Stephen Slaner, who will examine the Occupy movement; independent labor consultant Chris Mackin, who will discuss the Market Basket action; and an NECC student speaker, Crystal Pringle, who will give her inside perspective on Market Basket.

Mackin is the president of Ownership Associates of Cambridge. Founded in 1987, Ownership Associates (OA) provides strategy and communications advice to a national market of over 10,000 firms owned by their employees through Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) as well through industrial or worker cooperatives. He also serves as a special adviser to American Working Capital, LLC, a merchant bank that specializes in ESOP transactions. He is also a lecturer at Rutgers University where he teaches a course titled “Democratic Capitalism”. He also serves as a member of the core faculty of the Harvard Trade Union Program where he teaches a course titled “Capital Strategies for Labor”.  

NECC student and Merrimac resident Crystal Pringle, a liberal arts: physical science major, was involved with the Market Basket strike from its early days. Representing the customer base, she gave an impromptu speech at a rally held in Chelsea on August 10 and then spoke again in Tewksbury on August 16 as a customer representative.

 For additional information contact Stephen Slaner at