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Meat Plant Fires Almost 200 Muslim Workers

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About 190 muslim workers, most of which are immigrants from Somalia, have been fired from a Cargill meat packing for walking off the job to protest a workplace prayer dispute.

Cargill Meat Solutions made the decision to fire employees — individuals who are mostly Muslim immigrants from Somalia — after the workers refused to show up to work at a Fort Morgan, Colorado, plant last month, with the workers claiming that they were denied breaks to pray.

Cargill responded to the firing by saying that the company “makes every reasonable attempt to provide religious accommodation to all employees based on our ability to do so without disruption to our beef processing business at Fort Morgan.”

In other words do what your employer tells you to do for the job they are paying you to do.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group. Isn’t that an oxymoron. CAIR stepped in to try and help the workers get their jobs back, pledging to seek other legal options if such a remedy cannot be attained. Wow you mean they actually use legal options and don’t revert to violence first?

“Some employees missed their prayer that day,” Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR’s Minnesota office, told KSAX-TV. “They wanted to talk to management and they were told to go home if they wanted to pray.” Sounds good to me!

“They feel missing their prayer is worse than losing their job,” Hussein said. “It’s like losing a blessing from God.”

Then don’t work! Go back to your country. Your job is a privilege not a right.

Cargill could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. 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 said. “If they’re allowed to return to work, we will continue to negotiate.”

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