Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cargill fires Muslim employees who walked out in dispute over prayers at Colorado packing plant

A Somali worker at the Cargill plant (Denver Post photo)
"About 190 workers, most of them immigrants from Somalia, have been fired from a meat packing and distribution plant on Colorado's Eastern Plains for walking off the job to protest a workplace prayer dispute," reports Kieran Nicholson of The Denver Post.

Cargill Inc. had allowed the workers at its Fort Morgan plant to use break time for Muslim prayers (observant Muslims pray five times daily), even providing a prayer room, but recently changed the practice, Nicholson reports.

Workers at the plant are represented by the Teamsters union but Cargill is negotiating the prayer issue with the Council on Islamic-American Relations. "They feel losing their prayer is worse than losing their job," CAIR Executive Director Jaylani Hussein told Nicholson. "It's like losing a blessing from God."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have no prejudice against any race or religion. This is The United States Of America, a God loving country. If you take a job in The United States, be prepared to follow the rules for the company in which you take a job from. Quit always trying to find a loop hole and have the company work around YOUR schedule, be prepared to work around the companies schedule or DO NOT take the job!