An inter-family struggle earlier this year to wrest control of a grocery store chain from longtime boss, Arthur T. Demoulas, caused an uprising among workers who led a six-week employee walkout and customer boycott.
Market Basket loyalists won the fight and Demoulas, with his team, were back at the helm following an agreement in August to sell him the company.
But, after the fight, most employees gave up hope of receiving any Christmas bonus this year, especially because during the unrest the company appeared to be on the brink of insolvency.
On Tuesday, store managers handed out checks in more than 70 stores, equal to or more than the bonuses last year, sharing approximately $44 million of profit with workers.
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Photo via Jen Gelvez, Market Basket