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?”