Tyson Foods drops Labor Day for Islamic Eid al-Fitr, adds prayer rooms

Prayer rooms, paid prayer breaks, and a paid holiday. Creep creep! Not in NYC, not LA, not Virginiastan or Dearbornistan – Tennessee!

David Melsom, Times Gazette blog: “This (Friday) afternoon, city police were called to Tyson Foods to keep TV news crews off the grounds. Imagine, taxpayers’ dollars, in a sense, being forcibly used to keep media from fully telling a story.”

Update: President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union also President of the Jewish Labor Committee -Stuart Applebaum says this in a recent op-ed: “The leadership demonstrated by America’s unions last year ought to send a powerful message to Israel’s allies at home and overseas.”

Tyson drops Labor Day holiday for Eid al-Fitr

Friday, August 1, 2008
By Brian Mosely
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.”

The RWDSU stated that “the five-year contract creates an additional paid holiday, Iidal Fitil, a Muslim holiday that occurs toward the end of Ramadan.”


Eid al-Fitr falls on Oct. 1 this year.

Tyson’s Director of Media Relations, Gary Mickelson, stated that while the new contract does not provide an additional holiday, as the union claimed, “the new contract includes eight paid holidays, which is the same number provided in the old contract.”

“However, the union leadership did request and receive Eid al-Fitr (which is apparently spelled various ways including Id al-Fitr and Eid ul-Fitr) as a paid holiday in place of Labor Day,” Mickelson confirmed in an e-mail to the T-G.

“Since all Team Members will still have eight paid holidays, the change will not affect production,” Mickelson said.

Eid al-Fitr means “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast” in Arabic, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

The festival “is distinguished by the performance of communal prayer (salat) at daybreak on its first day. It is a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited,” the encyclopedia said.

Mickelson said that “Eid al-Fitr is one of eight paid holidays for all Team Members covered by the contract, while Labor Day is not a paid holiday.”

“Based on the contract, the other paid holidays include: The Team Member’s birthday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day,” Mickelson said.

“Implementing this holiday was a challenge, since it falls on a different day every year and is declared on fairly short notice,” RWDSU Representative Randy Hadley said in the press release. “But the negotiating committee felt this was extremely crucial, since this holiday is as important to Muslims as Christmas is to Christians.”

“The date for this holiday (Eid al-Fitr) is not the same each year,” Mickelson said. “however, it is in the early fall.”

The press release stated there are approximatly 700 Muslims working at Tyson, but Mickelson said that Somalis only represent approximately 250 of the 1,200 employed at the plant, a little over 20 percent of the workforce.

“All Team Members who have completed their probationary period are eligible for all eight paid holidays including Eid al-Fitr,” the Tyson spokeman said.

The union also claimed that in addition to the observance of the Muslim holiday, “two prayer rooms have been created to allow Muslim workers to pray twice a day and return to work without leaving the plant.”

Mickelson said that Shelbyville’s Tyson plant “does have a prayer room to accommodate the needs of Muslim Team Members.”

“In addition to regular, non-paid breaks, all Team Members are allotted a seven-minute paid break,” the Tyson spokesman said. “Some Team Members choose to pray during this time.”

However, Mickelson took issue with another claim made by RWDSU, which stated that another “improvement” in the contract is time-and-a-half pay for Team Members who work more than an eight hour shift.

“This statement is not accurate,” Mickelson said. “This overtime pay provision is not new nor is it unique. In fact, it was included in the previous contract.”

More: From Atlas Shrugs & WND:

The State Department has been importing entire Muslim communities for the express purpose of companies like Tyson. The jihad is coming quietly to American by the intentional building of Muslim populations in small to medium American cities. Whole communities are being importing from countries like Somalia with the tacit approval of the State Department and the complicity of companies like Clintonista backed Tyson Foods.

Its always a shock to people when they first find out how Refugee Resettlement works.

Video: TYSON REPLACES LABOR DAY WITH MUSLIM HOLIDAY (Tyson said “this isn’t a religious accomodation”) (hat tip Kasper)

Tyson replaces Labor Day with Muslim Eid al-Fitr Chicken company:Workers wanted Islamic religious event recognized WND

Update Tyson, union reinstate Labor Day

22 thoughts on “Tyson Foods drops Labor Day for Islamic Eid al-Fitr, adds prayer rooms

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  3. ok so tyson wants to accomodate its muslim employees ..are these employees immigrants or are they black americans the reason iam asking is that if sharia law takes over then they will want to stop chrismass as well the immigrant muslims that is.. i personally will boycut tyson fulls…maybe we all should… the artical doesnt say if the christians have a room for prayer or if there are any christians working in that plant or have they all been fired… what the muslims would likely do to the christians… oh well good bye good old USA hello muslim shiet sh—ty country… so sad that americans have lost their back bone and are giving in to these islomic dictators….sad day for america….

  4. other articles stated there are many somali muslims…

    Somalia for those who aren’t aware is where Black Hawk Down took place – Mogadishu and where a relentless jihad has been ongoing for quite some time…no indication that immigration officials try to determine the attitudes of somali muslims who immigrate to the US and how they feel about the US, jihad, and their willingness to assimilate

    the article also doesn’t mention if Tyson slaughters the chickens halal style…but if they don’t, how long before the Muslim workers figure that out and demand Tyson starts?

  5. hahaha, if the ignorance here wasn’t as thick as my southern drawl i might laugh a little longer.

    At this plant in TN (that’s Tennessee for those who don’t know their state abbreviations) – 700 out of the 1200 employees are muslim. The muslims have to work on Labor Day while all of you get to sit back, get drunk and take your day off (otherwise, what most Americans do every day of the week, this way they just get to start earlier).

    The non-muslims at the plant don’t HAVE to take the muslim holiday off. Hard to understand how this is “creeping shari’a”, nice try, really, its funny – a little simplistic, hate-mongering and silly, but funny nonetheless.

    And if you guys are complaining and whining about a little chicken plant in TN; you may not want to investigate the transformation of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN.

  6. No one gets drunk on Labor Day dumb ass.. they get drunk in the days before Labor Day so that they could recover on Labor Day.

    I would say that is superior than fucking child brides between her legs because your cock would destroy her body she’s so young.

  7. wow, so it really stings, that muslims are finally getting some of their rights straightened. what is the problem if they work on labour day and get their “christmas” off? i don’t see how this is a problem, everybody who’s christian wants christmas off so why wouldn’t the muslims want their “christmas” off?

  8. nothing wrong with a day off that’s why you have vacation days, paid…but Tyson took it an extra step eliminating an American holiday in favor of a Muslim holiday…seems a bit extreme

    it’s so very interesting to see how gleeful and joyous muslim commenters here are at not only forcing companies to submit to islam but dismantling American culture and history while doing so.

    So we write about it the topic – does that worry you? are you worried that some of us actually have read the Qur’an, have studied the history of islamic jihad, and are learning about sharia? are you worried that your attempts to islamicize America will be fought by some of us? it sure sounds like it and that us just writing about it stings…

    we see how muslims react to cartoons and movies – by burning buildings, killing people, rioting, threatening entire governments – we can only imagine what would happen if a muslim holiday was replaced by a christian/jewish/other non-muslim holiday in a muslim country…

    pretty easy to figure out that that will never happen but if it did that there would be massive riots, death and destruction

    Ismael – facts homeboy – stick to facts, and at least stick to Tyson’s version rather than make up your own false version…so now you have your holiday and you can go slaughter animals while praising allah and revel in another victory?

  9. i agree with you that many muslims take the wrong way to express their displeasure, but not all. there are many who simply dislike or feel insulted by many things and yet don’t take the violent route. what about those people? there was never a muslim holiday in america to start with, so how can they replace it with a christian or jewish one? i am not part of those muslims who think that riots and murders are the answer but yes i feel that if we live in a democracy everybody should have equal rights. Tyson simply just compromised to making the majority of its workers happier like many business have started to do so. there are daycares being built in the companies of which the majority of people use daycares, companies give away vacations for its workers etc. i am not worried at all that some of you have ACTUALLY read Qur’an and that you know the islamic history, and i am not worried at all about some of you would like to fight, because i am not attempting to islamicize america at all. i have no problem with everybody leading their own personal lives but have to say that in my opinion i don’t think that tyson did anything wrong.

  10. How much longer will we put up with this shit? I really, really want someone to explain to me why it’s okay to make these RIDICULOUS concessions for Muslims but not for Christians or anyone else? EVEN insofar as graciousness goes–if I were a manager or whatever I sincerely wouldn’t have a problem with giving a little bit of extra leeway to my staffs on the grounds of religion, within reason, and with fairness to others, because a happy employee is a good employee–these concessions are STILL above and beyond the call of good graces. Replacing federal holidays–especially, MY GOD, Labor Day??? Oh, the IRONY–and creating PRAYER ROOMS? I swear, I read this crap and it’s like I’m reading a satire or a spoof. It’s so…surreal.

  11. many muslims do take the wrong way to express their displeasure but the whole point of my comment was that not ALL do that.

  12. “many muslims do take the wrong way to express their displeasure but the whole point of my comment was that not ALL do that.”

    No, I think you missed my point. “Express their displeasure” is a gross understatement. Bullying, oppressing, raping, torturing, beheading, stoning…it is a gross understatement to refer to these inhuman, cruel and barbarac acts as “the wrong way to express their displeasure”. It’s like saying Ted Bundy just had a bad day and flew off the handle a few times.

    I don’t know you, Dee, but the very same apathetic attitude that you are expressing is what is going to get this country subjected to the worst tyranny and subjugation any country has faced in modern times. Instead of making apathetic comments like “wrong way to express their displeasure” and defending the ones “who aren’t like that” you should be expressing OUTRAGE at the ones who ARE like that. But you’re not. Instead you–like so many–are choosing to gloss over the heinous acts of Muslims all over the world just so you can pander to the ridiculous (and pointless) notion that “they aren’t all like that”.

    Understand this: The fact that “they are not all like that” doesn’t make life any easier for the victims who suffer at the hands of the ones “who ARE like that”. Let me ask you something. If you were one of those poor, suffering souls in Darfur who watched your daughters get brutally raped by men who call themselves “devils on horseback” and saw your brothers and sisters set on fire while still alive and saw your grandparents get their hands chopped off and their eyes gouged out and you were forced to run from village to village as you starved and thirsted slowly to death, would you feel BETTER if someone said, “Don’t worry; not all Muslims are like that.”?

    Would you?

  13. would it be any better if we became just like those illeterate, barbaric muslims who choose to make others suffer? an outrage at the limit of writing is fine but what if we started to murder them just to show them that what they are doing is wrong? we would be just as barbaric as they are. which is no good.
    i understand what you mean but when people say that muslims are demanding, or all muslims are terrorist, or muslims are self-obsessed, it’s wrong beacsue not all are, many are just getting blamed because of the bad apples.

    i would happily show my outrage at those muslims who ARE the bad apples but can’t help but defend those who are just getting blamed. i know a sect of islam (Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam) that is hated by ALL the other muslim sects but yet does not approve of violence and has never been responsible of any damage done. The people belonging to this sect of Islam are not allowed to live in any of the middle eastern countries and if they do and they declare that they are muslims, they get locked up.

    So i can’t help but feel sorry for these poeple who are just geting oppressed, killed because of their faith, just like many others by the same hands of muslim terrorists.

    and these muslims who i’m referring to as bad apples are peobably not hating on the Christians and Jews as much as they hate on other muslims from other sects.

  14. Dee, why don’t you answer the question? THIS ONE:

    “Let me ask you something. If you were one of those poor, suffering souls in Darfur who watched your daughters get brutally raped by men who call themselves “devils on horseback” and saw your brothers and sisters set on fire while still alive and saw your grandparents get their hands chopped off and their eyes gouged out and you were forced to run from village to village as you starved and thirsted slowly to death, would you feel BETTER if someone said, “Don’t worry; not all Muslims are like that.”?”

  15. America is supposed to be a country of religious freedom. I don’t have a problem with Tyson giving their employees a day off which half of them celebrate as opposed to Labor Day which not very many people really celebrate. We expect Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter off, I think we should grant the same to other religions.

    Also, Tyson i… Read Mores a Christian, family owned company. They have often featured prayers and scripture verses in their promotional materials. http://www.businessreform.com/article.php?articleID=11396

  16. What this amounts to is the Muslims and their union reps saying – these people do not care about American traditions and this American holiday is not important. In fact, they don’t even want to recognize it even though it is a federal gov’t holiday. Give us the muslim holiday off.

    Of all the potential remedies – why replace a day that has come to be recognized as an American holiday – even if it more or less only signals the end of summer? It is nonetheless part of American culture. It will be interesting to see if this sets a precedent for Muslim demands at other companies.

    Where muslims are a majority, in theory then, they can and should according to many, ask to have all American holidays workable, and all Muslim holidays off. What’s the problem, they are the majority and the US was built on religious freedom so let’s go ahead and implement a dual system.

    America has an identity, a culture, and traditions. Labor Day is one of them. And if Somalis or Muslims decide to immigrate to the US, if they are legal, they chose to respect the laws and traditions of this country. Not replace them with their own.

    That being said, in most Muslim countries, the entire 3-day period is an official government/school holiday. So how long before 3 days are requested at Tyson?

    See how a popular muslim website promotes Eid ul-Fitr with a full page dedicated to Hamas and the jihad against non-believers.

  17. madame: i will certainly not feel better, in case you didn’t understand that from my previous comment but Tyson granting muslims the eid-ul-fitr off does not seem to me that its a – “If you were one of those poor, suffering souls in Darfur who watched your daughters get brutally raped by men who call themselves “devils on horseback” and saw your brothers and sisters set on fire while still alive and saw your grandparents get their hands chopped off and their eyes gouged out and you were forced to run from village to village as you starved and thirsted slowly to death, would you feel BETTER if someone said, “Don’t worry; not all Muslims are like that.”?” – situation. did any of the muslims who work at tyson kill people? or threaten anyone? i don’t know as far as i know i don’t think they did and don’t see any harm in saying that this step that tyson took is not wrong.

    if these muslims threatened tyson and murdered people then i understand that these muslims are trying to take over, i just think that tyson made it easier for itself, for many muslims, or say all would likely take a leave on that day anyway, so why not include it in the contract?

    i can understand that for american history and culture, labour day is important but if tyson would’ve made any other day a replacement for the eid-ul-fitr, would it still be a big problem?

  18. I’ll be buying far more food from Tyson now. Thank you for posting this so I know the good news. It’s nice to see some large corporations being sensitive to their employee’s desires.

    Quite amusing to watch people that aren’t impacted in the slightest by this try to make it a patriotic issue. Keep trying. I’ll be sitting back enjoying my Tyson Foods.

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