Skip to comments.Tyson replaces Labor Day with Muslim Eid al-Fitr
Posted on 08/02/2008 3:22:15 AM PDT by Man50D
Food workers at the Shelbyville, Tenn., plant for Tyson Foods, which boasts on its corporate website that it strives "to honor God," will have time off for Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday closing the month of Ramadan, instead of the American tradition Labor Day.
Officials with the company told WND the labor union representing the 1,200 plant workers, including about 700 immigrants from Somalia who largely are Muslim, sought the holiday change in the new five-year contract, and the company agreed.
Officials with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union issue a press statement about the new "contract [that] creates an additional paid holiday, [Eid al-Fitr,] a Muslim holiday that occurs toward the end of Ramadan."
A spokeswoman at the union's office told WND no one was in the office today who could comment on the request.
To the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Gary Mickelson, Tyson's media chief, said there is no new holiday, but at the union's request the company agreed to discontinue the Labor Day holiday and implement Eid al-Fitr.
"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 told the newspaper.
"Since all Team Members will still have eight paid holidays, the change will not affect production," Mickelson said.
On the paper's forum page, readers were outraged.
"If this holiday is that important to them, make them take it off instead of Christmas Day and allow ALL workers to be off Labor Day. Most AMERICAN families have some type of function on Labor Day," wrote one anonymous participant.
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Better late than never. Never ever would I knowingly buy anything from them.
Screw ‘em. Turn it into a pork processing plant!
Tyson just lost me as well! I WILL NEVER “BEND OVER” FOR ISLAM!
BTTT! Thanks to all posters!
Mine too! Maybe we Freepers need to take this boycott nationwide..
I think he is the PR person. I got this from another thread here on FR last night. You can search on Tyson and find that thread that also has the phone number.
As for what foods Tyson sells I haven't the vaguest idea. Maybe some other FReeper can come up with that list.
A union in the meat processing industry is a non-union. Tyson could replace everyone of the employees in twelve hours if they struck. Tyson has twenty million illegals to pick from.
I e-mailed Wal-Mart and expressed my refusal to purchase Tyson products from them because of this.
Tyson’s lives and dies by Wal-Mart’s decisions.
My letter to Mr. Mickelson at Tyson —
Tyson is now celebrating Eid al-Fitr? Here in the United States of America?
I think that is reprehensible, disgusting beyond measure, and it shows total ignorance of the very real state of current affairs.
Do you think the Germans were highly honored in this country DURING World War II? That the citizens of our great country, while we sent young men to fight the Nazi scourge, bent over backwards and kissed their hind ends to prove that they really LOVED all Germans and just hated the fascists?
I think not.I will be joining the boycott of Tyson foods.
I’m a retired union member. Therefore, I gave the RWDSU an ear full in an e-mail. The question I posed was simple. “How damn dumb are you? Labor Day is a celebration of American’s working citizens. What’s next, Easter?”
I quit buying Tyson products during the Clinton years when it was reported that Tyson was a big Clinton donor. Since reading this, I have upgraded to a lifetime Tyson boycott. Tyson should just come out of the closet and go with all muslim/satanic holidays. allafubar!
I started boycotting Tyson and Purdue when I found out they were hiring TB-infested illegal aliens in their plants in Arkansas. This helped us discover the Amish sell chicken which really taste like chicken for about a dime a pound more for a dollar a pound more flavor.
I just contacted Tyson via their website. If anyone knows the name of the CEO, I would love to drop him a line! :0)
I’m joining you.
Remember, Tyson means all meat products from fast food outlets ... and almost all frozen food meat products.
I used this link to voice my opinion:
I buy no Tyson products knowingly until this is reversed.
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