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Tysons Foods in Tennessee cans Labor Day and grants Eid al-Fitr the holiday closing Ramadan

Posted by thebosun on August 2, 2008

According to World Net Daily and Shelbyville Times – Gazette, food workers at the Shelbyville, Tenn., plant for Tyson Foods, which boasts on its corpo,rate website that it strives “to honor God,” will have time off for Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday closing the month of Ramadan, instead of the American tradition Labor Day.

Officials with the company told WND the labor union representing the 1,200 plant workers, including about 700 immigrants from Somalia who largely are Muslim, sought the holiday change in the new five-year contract, and the company agreed.

To the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Gary Mickelson, Tyson’s media chief, said there is no new holiday, but at the union’s request the company agreed to discontinue the Labor Day holiday and implement Eid al-Fitr.

Read the latest now on WND.com.

Chicken company: Workers wanted Islamic religious event recognized

Also reporting this: 

Tyson drops Labor Day holiday for Eid al-Fitr (Local News ~ 08/01/08)
Workers at Tyson Foods’ poultry processing plant in Shelbyville will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day, but will instead take the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the fall. A recent press release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) stated that a new contract at the Shelbyville facility “implements a new holiday to accommodate the … Muslim workers at the plant.”…

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