Friday, September 19, 2008

Swift Company has had Enough and Fires 150 Muslims

First Swift Company tells Muslims that their demands for special break times would no longer be met. Now Swift has fired 150 Muslims who worked there. They were fired for being selfish and taking unauthorized work breaks to accommodate Islam. A few Muslim workers actually fainted on the job because of lack of food. Them fainting makes me wonder how much other Muslim workers slacked off this month due to lack of energy.

The moral of the story is do not hire Muslims or if a company does, they should have them sign a contract that says that they agree not to ask for special treatment over others or that will effect others to suit their religion.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Grand Island meatpacking plant fired at least 86 workers Friday after they walked off the job amid a dispute over prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, company officials said.

But a Muslim leader and one of the fired workers said 150 Muslims lost their jobs.

JBS Swift & Co. spokeswoman Tamara Smid confirmed 86 firings late Friday, saying the employees were terminated earlier that day for repeatedly leaving work without authorization. She would not give any other details, including whether anyone else had been fired.

Mohamed Rage, who leads the Omaha Somali-American Community Organization, said 80 workers were thrown out after an altercation late Thursday. He says when they tried to return for their shift Friday, they were fired, along with 70 others.
Police said were called to the plant late Thursday amid reports of a riot or serious fight. But when officers arrived, the situation had calmed, said police Chief Steve Lamken.

Muslim workers — mostly of Somali background — have been asking for accommodations with break times to allow prayer at sunset. The issue led to walkouts this week — not only from Muslims but from non-Muslims who protested such accommodations as preferential treatment.

One of the Somali workers, Mohamed Farah, said some workers tried to take a break to pray Thursday around sunset. The break had been arranged with managers, Farah told The Associated Press, with Rage translating the conversation.

Farah said tension had been building in recent days with Latino workers, who started protesting when they saw the Muslim workers leaving for break. Farah said the Latino workers started shouting and beating on their tables.

Two women, one 19 and another in her 40s, and a 20-year-old man fainted during the commotion because they had gone so long without food, Farah said. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

Dan Hoppes, president of Local 22 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, described what happened Thursday night differently than Rage and Farah did. He said that according to management and employees, 60 to 80 people quit late Thursday after raising the prayer issue and creating a commotion.

Hoppes said supervisors had told the workers to go back to work or leave and they left. Workers who walked off the job Monday and Tuesday in protest had to have known their leaving again would result in their termination, he said.

The plant employs about 2,500 people, not counting management. About a fifth of them are Muslim.

Tensions have also flared elsewhere, including Swift's plant in Greeley, Colo. More than 100 workers there were fired last week because the company said they walked away from work before their shifts ended.

Hoppes couldn't confirm the total number of workers affected Friday, but said he knew human resources representatives were posted at employee entrances to address workers.

"We don't have any clear cut information as to numbers or why they were terminated," he said.

Swift said in a statement that the company is working to resolve the issues that have arisen.

"JBS values its diverse workforce and has a long track record of making significant accommodations to employees," the statement said. "We work closely with all employees and union representation to accommodate religious practices in a reasonable, safe and fair manner."

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Anonymous said...

Looks like those darn Latinos, lacking a lifetime of PC indoctrination, refused to submit to dhimmitude and raised holy hell until mangement realized it was either them or the somalis. The somalis were vastly outnumbered, so management grew a pair and fired them.

Guess we can call this a variation on the old "black vs. brown."

Anonymous said...

Furthermore, anyone who has been following the issue, can't help but have noticed that the obnoxious somali muslims have been steadily causing more and more trouble over the past two years, notably beginning with the Minneapolis airport cabbies.

Over just these past two weeks, they seem to have gone on an all-out co-ordinated, multi-pronged offensive, in multiple locations, with the backing of CAIR's lawyers.

Looks like they have finally encountered pushback.

Anonymous said...

Nice decision, Swift.

Muslim's think they have the right to replace everything with Islam - this time they were wrong.

Anonymous said...

well done swift. Muslims have a habit of going for interviews in the UK and not really mentioning their so called religion and what this so called religion means and how it will have to be accomodated. Then when in the job out comes the little bag of tricks. i.e the prayer mat etc.
Common sense has prevailed at last, the beginning of the end i hope.


Anonymous said...

"The moral of the story is do not hire Muslims."

One hates to say such a thing. It would not be a problem to hire 'secular' Muslims.

The problem is finding them.

Anonymous said...

Stick to your guns, Swift! Two people actually FAINTED? Why the hell don't they just eat a good breakfast before sunup?? I'm all about helping each other, but accomodations must be across the board, not just to a specific group. They knew what the job hours and break-times were BEFORE they were hired, working there was their choice, firing them for walking out is management's choice. Good job Swift!!

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