Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Swift Plant Caves to Muslims

Swift company has finally let us down and said that they will temporarily change the time of the second shift lunch break for the month of Ramadan to accommodate Muslims. So once again non-Muslims lives are effected by Islam, as the plant has approximately 2,500 employees and only about 500 of them are Muslim. The good news out of this was that Islam in Action was told by a anonymous source at Swift Plant that the 100 employees who walked off the job and were fired, were not taken back.


OMAHA, Nebraska — A meatpacking plant has agreed to accommodate Muslim workers' request for prayer time during Ramadan, union officials said Wednesday.

Earlier this week 300 Muslim JBS Swift & Co. workers, most of Somali background, walked off the job in protest of the prayer dispute. No one was fired after the protest.

Dan Hoppes, president of the local United Food and Commercial Workers Union, said management at the plant has agreed to temporarily change the timing of the second-shift lunch break to accommodate workers wanting time to pray during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.

Workers previously took the 30-minute break in shifts. The change will force the entire line to break at once. The arrangement will be in effect the next nine working days, which will cover the remainder of Ramadan, Hoppes said.

A phone message left with company officials was not immediately returned Wednesday.

The plant employs about 2,500 people, not including management, Hoppes said. He estimates about 500 of the plant's workforce is Muslim.

More than 100 workers at a Greeley, Colorado, Swift plant were fired last week because the company said they walked away from work before their shifts ended. The workers blamed the company's refusal to allow their breaks to coincide with sunset so they could pray.


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12 comments:

Always On Watch said...

This is likely the result of the fear of litigation.

Christopher Logan said...

Probably, but they are using our way of life against us.

Anonymous said...

They are using our freedom and democracy against us and i fear it will end in disaster.

Joan

Sabra said...

What are the chances of muslims letting Christian's celebrate Christmas in Saudi Arabia? Absolutely NONE unless Christmas Day happens to fall on a Thursday or Friday [the weekend, here]!

The U.S. needs to just stop caving to their demands. Simple as that. Until there is some reciprocal caving on the part of "them." And that's not gonna happen

Would be nice to see a few of these companies - Swift, Target, cab companies, even schools and airports, grow a pair of brass ones. But that's not gonna happen, either.

Heavy sigh...

Christopher Logan said...

Nothing will change until enough of us speak up.

Christopher Logan said...

Respect is supposed to be a two-way street. That is something that Muslims do not understand.

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