Impact from Market Basket layoffs felt across New Hampshire
Carolyn Turnquist, right, of Manchester, a part-time cashier, was notified Thursday there are no hours for her. She's shown here with a group of protesters in front of Market Basket on Elm Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The notices included fact sheets on unemployment benefits.
Employees laid off can visit local Employment Security offices, but the state also encourages people to file for benefits online at home if they are able to do so.
The state is ready to help, said Michael Power, community outreach administrator for the Office of Workforce Opportunity within New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.
When there is a large “dislocation” of employees like this, the state’s Rapid Response Team is mobilized to assist workers and explain options and benefits.
Power said the team provides an overview of services and options available to them so that they can access available benefits and find work.
Sullivan said reports of massive layoffs are a sign that Market Basket company executives did not grasp the value of their employees.
U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., sent a letter last week to Market Basket’s board of directors urging executives of the supermarket chain to support the workers.
On Tuesday, the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to support a motion from Alderman Joyce Craig backing the employees who have waged a vigorous campaign to bring back ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.
For more information, visit the New Hampshire Employment Security website at www.nhes.nh.gov. Workers can call 1-800-266-2252 or 223-6126 for unemployment questions and claims. Questions about wage-and-hour issues should be directed to the state Department of Labor at 271-3176.
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