But the unusual public dis­play of dis­sent from employees to their bosses left some spe­cial­ists in family busi­ness issues agog.

Wow,” said Ted Clark, exec­u­tive director of North­eastern University’s Center for Family Busi­ness. “It cer­tainly shows their loyalty.”

Though he admired their moxie, Clark likened the actions of the Demoulas employees to a game of chicken: With new bosses in con­trol, some workers prob­ably believe that their jobs are in jeop­ardy anyway, so they may as well make a bold statement.

With all the crazi­ness around them,” Clark said, “why not put it all out there?”

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