Muslim Workers Stage Job Walkout Over Prayer Dispute… Oops Gets Fired
Earlier this month in Colorado, over 200 Muslims walked off their jobs at the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Fort Morgan in protest of a workplace prayer dispute. This week, nearly 190 of them have been fired.
The Denver Post reports that some workers returned voluntarily soon after the walkout, but the majority of them held out and are being represented by none other than the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations.
According to the report, some of these workers — most of them immigrants from Somalia — have been at the plant for 10 years. Cargill has been more than accommodating to its Muslim employees by allowing several five-to-10 minute breaks each workday to be used for prayer and a special room is provided to them. The walkout was scheduled in protest of the meat packing plant’s recent decision to reverse the prayer allowance.
CAIR’s executive director Jaylani Hussein said, “The workers were told: ‘If you want to pray, go home.'”
Hussein is leading negotiations with Cargill to see if they will waive the six-month freeze on re-hiring former employees and give back the jobs to these Muslim workers along with their desired prayer breaks.
“They feel missing their prayer is worse than losing their job,” he said. “It’s like losing a blessing from God.”
Here is Cargill’s response via the Post report:
Last week, Mike Martin, director of communications for Cargill, told the Greeley Tribune that employees of all faiths are allowed to use a reflection area, but that because employees work on an assembly line only one or two at a time can use the area, to avoid slowing production.
He told the Tribune company policies had not changed.
The workers earn $14-per-hour and up, and are represented by a union, Teamsters Local 445. About 2,000 people are employed at the plant.
“These are people who want to work,” Wicks [another CAIR rep]said. “If they’re allowed to return to work, we will continue to negotiate.” More