Wisconsin: Muslim prayer breaks result in declining production, company now has to enforce policy

Two Islamic prayer breaks and an Islamic prayer room are not enough for Muslim invaders. The want sharia law in the U.S. workplace and they want it now.

via Ariens Co. policy enforcement affects Muslim employees (PS: Note the one-sided headline. It affects the non-Muslims too, and by the way, when Muslims take breaks while the entire production line is halted and non-Muslims have to wait around for them to come back – that affects non-Muslims too.)

More than 50 Muslim employees at Ariens Manufacturing must decide by next week if a change that prevents them from praying on the clock is worth losing their jobs over.

The CEO of Brillion-based Ariens, says the company’s break policy is nothing new but that because it was not being enforced up until now, Muslim employees have been able to pray during breaks at their traditional prayer times.

Muslims are required to pray five times a day and the timing of the prayers is linked to seasonal things like sunrise and sunset.

“Anyone who doesn’t pray is not a Muslim,” says Green Bay Masjid Imam Hasan Abdi.

That’s why up until now, 53 Muslim employees at Ariens Manufacturing would leave the production line twice a shift to pray two of the five prayers their faith requires of them daily.

Starting next week, that will change for any Muslim employees who chose to stay at Ariens.

“If I’m on a team of assemblers of ten and two clock out, all ten of them have to stop, not just the two,” says Chairman and CEO of the company, Dan Ariens.

Ariens says a dip in productivity on the production line has prompted the company to start enforcing a 25-year-old break policy.

Employees will still be allowed to use prayer rooms in the plant, but will have to do so during two company scheduled, ten-minute breaks during a shift.

Abdi is skeptical that the affect of prayer breaks on the assembly line, may not be the reason for the new enforcement of breaks.

“I don’t think that’s the main reason why they changed their policy,” says Abdi.

Ariens admits that non-Muslim employees weren’t comfortable with the unscheduled breaks.

“When the team sees that some are getting unscheduled breaks, paid or unpaid, it just doesn’t seem fair to the rest,” says Ariens.

While Abdi says he and his fellow Somali Muslims have not had any trouble adjusting to life in Wisconsin, he hopes more Americans will take time to learn about his faith and how important the specific prayer time is to Islam.

“And we consulted with them to say, ‘hey here’s what we need to do,can this work for your team for your group?’ and the answer when we talked to them was adamantly, ‘yes we can make this work’,” says Ariens.

But, because of the change, the company says only 10 of the 53 Muslim employees plan to stay.

The policy will be enforced starting Monday, Jan. 25th.

More via Ariens to hold news conference on employee prayer break policy

Ariens Company tells Action 2 News they “put a considerable amount of effort into finding a solution that allows for employees of Muslim faith to pray during work hours.”

“We met with members of our Somalian employee group to better understand their needs and consulted with local representatives of Muslim faith,” a spokesperson wrote.

Dan Ariens, President and CEO of Ariens, released this statement:

A letter from Dan Ariens:

I understand that the headline and story featured on WBAY appears to be alarming news about Ariens Company. It is alarming to me as well. Unfortunately this headline does not tell our story very well. As many of you know, my family has operated manufacturing businesses in Northeast Wisconsin for more than 80 years. You also may know that we have only been successful by operating under a set of Core Values. We will: Be Honest, Be Fair, Keep our Commitments, Respect the Individual and Encourage Intellectual Curiosity. We work very hard as a team to accommodate all employees with our vision of Passionate People who Astound our Customers. In our manufacturing plants we work as a team to build the best power equipment product. Like any accommodation, we put a considerable amount of time into finding a solution that would work for both the employees and the company. Our staff is committed to providing a great place to work for all employees and have met with members of our Somalian employee group to better understand their needs. We consulted with local representatives who are of Muslim faith to help provide sustainable solutions. We want to be clear that no one was terminated here. We are asking employees to use two scheduled breaks for religious observation, and are offering designated prayer rooms. Additionally, we are also offering to look for positions on other shifts that might better accommodate prayer obligations. This change affected 53 employees. More than ten of the employees have contacted Ariens Company to say they will return to work under the new policy. And we welcome their return. We continue to be open to any of the employees returning to work under the new policy and I have sent a letter to each of them re-stating that offer. Let me be clear: we respect their faith, we respect the work they have done at Ariens, and we respect their decision regardless of their choice to return to work or not. Headlines do not make a story. If you want more details, please let me know.


Dan Ariens

It should be noted, like the so-called reported in the video above, terror-linked Islamic group CAIR blatantly lied about Muslims being fired. No Muslims were fired. Not one. But that didn’t stop UAE-listed terrorist group CAIR:


More Blatant Lies by Terror-Named CAIR

13 Responses

  1. DON’T HIRE MUSLIMS – future issues solved.

  2. I wish these companies would quit trying to be politically correct and just fire the bastards.

  3. Boycott companies who cave to this.. If they want to be Americans.. assimilate..

  4. Applause to Ariens!

  5. Hi there,
    Please go straigh forward tell them, time in factory for working not for praying. Factory is not a home or a mosque . If is too much problem, fire them.

    • Don’t give an inch. Next they will demand it in schools and anywhere else.
      I understand that they are able to make up prayer at a later time, so there is no reason they have to do it during work hours. Imagine a surgeon doing that! A bus driver! It’s nuts.

  6. Don’t hire them to begin with, Dummies! No muslims = no problems (at least not bizarre ones)!

  7. No matter how much we give Islam in the work place it is never going to be enough, lawsuit in the making by the 43 who are not returning.

  8. Wow Muslims work in your country? Here in Britain the inbred lazy Muslim paedophile terrorist Scum just claim benefits they call it “jihad benefits” or “jiza” take money from the stupid kuffar, also they smuggle heroin into Britain and make millions, our gutless government turn a blind eye, I say line up all Muslims and shoot the inbred filthy paedophiles. Millwall

  9. I read onfon from islamic site that if a muslim cannot pray at the appointed time, they can do the prayers later.

    As usual muslims lie to obtain/inforce their islamification process .. creeping sharia.

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