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Dispute Over Prayer Leads To Firing Of Nearly 200 Muslims At Meat Plant

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    We've got to set up a GoFundMe account so these guys can stand up to Cargill and Donald Trump:

    The Cargill meat plant in Fort Morgan has fired approximately 190 Muslim workers as the result of a dispute over prayer while on the job.

    On Dec. 18 a group of 11 Somalis working in one particular area of the plant wanted to go pray at the same time. Their supervisor asked that they go in smaller numbers to keep production going. They went anyway, and that’s when the trouble began.

    “It doesn’t matter if I don’t have a job, my religion is more important,” fired worker Tony Aden told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger.

    News of the dispute led nearly 200 Somalis to not show up for work for three days in protest. Now fired by Cargill Meat Solutions, they are receiving help applying for unemployment compensation with the help of a fellow Somali, Qadar Ducaale, who is upset with the firings.

    “It’s got things to do with Donald Trump, it’s got things to do with (Ben) Carson and all these guys who are rhetorically talking bad about Islam,” said Ducaale, a school district employee.

    Dispute Over Prayer Leads To Firing Of Nearly 200 Muslims At Meat Plant
  2. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Do they process bacon?
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  3. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    "school district employee"
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Cargill spokesperson Michael Martin says prayer is allowed. But he says a misunderstanding of company policy came on December 18th, when 11 workers asked for a break to pray at the same time.

    "Coming from that specific work area would have disrupted the workflow so the supervisor told the employees that they could go pray, but they would have to go in smaller numbers than 11," Martin told CBS News. "It would have to be three at a time."

    The following Monday, nearly 200 employees from the Muslim community didn't show up to work for three consecutive days. The company fired them all.

    "There are times when accommodation is not possible," Martin said. "But in an overwhelming majority of instances, we do everything we can to ensure sure that we do accommodate employees."

    Jaylani Hussein represents 150 workers who are now without a job.

    "Now we are getting supervisors who are telling our clients to go home if they wanted to pray," Hussein said. "If they are denied their basic rights to practice their faith reasonably at their employment, they seem to be losing one of the basic fundamental rights."

    Cargill is now hiring to fill the shoes of those who walked out.

    Areas have been set up at Cargill since 2009 to accommodate anyone who requested time to pray.

    The Council on American Islamic Relations is currently working reach an agreement with Cargill so that those fired workers can return.

    Hundreds of Muslim workers fired after dispute over prayers
  5. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Where is the union on this?
  6. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    You jest, but Cargill is one of the largest pork producers in the country. Very active where I grew up. So it would not surprise me if they did at that plant.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Just wait until smoke breaks are banned.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Why the fuck would Cargill spend one second talking to CAIR about possibly bringing any of these guys back? Cargill provided reasonable accommodation and 200 people walked because that apparently wasn't good enough. Fuck them.
  9. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Imagine how 20 raving Catholics could take down a press run. Yikes!
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Don't know too many Catholics who find the need to bow down to the Vatican multiple times a day.
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Cargill is one of those companies that you don't hear about much because they are private, but are surprised how massive they are.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    OK, but how about laying off the altar boys? Thanks.
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