May 16, 2007, - 12:41 pm

Attention, Target: Swift Meat Plant Says NO to Muslim Demands

By Debbie Schlussel
Two-and-a-half cheers to Swift Packing for saying “NO” to demanding Muslim employees who wanted special breaks to pray. (Swift loses 1/2 a cheer because they employed illegal aliens, and were raided for it by ICE, last year.)
Almost 100 Muslim workers quit because Swift would not give in to their Islamic demands. If only Target–which allows Muslim cashiers to refuse to ring up pig products–would take a cue from Swift.
Now, watch for the Muslims and their buddies at CAIR to start a class-action lawsuit, pronto.
One question: Since Swift previously hired illegal aliens (and was raided by ICE for it), how many of these Muslims are here legally?

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More from AP:

Grand Island, Neb. – Nearly 100 Muslim workers have quit their jobs at a Swift & Co. meatpacking plant because their prayer times weren’t accommodated.
“They kind of issued the company an ultimatum,” said Dan Hoppes, president of Local 22 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
“They went in before the shift started (Monday) and said that they’d go unless they could pray when they needed to,” Hoppes said today.
Sean McHugh, a spokesman for Swift at its Greeley headquarters, said breaks are governed by a labor contract and that all employees are told about them during orientation for all new workers.
“The company has a history of making reasonable accommodations for legitimate religious practices,” he said Monday. “Swift has experienced no issues related to religious accommodations in recent years.
Hoppes said he believes the workers, who he said were Somali immigrants, had been offered jobs at a Kansas plant that would give them time off for prayer and make other accommodations for their religion. He didn’t know the name of the company.
Hoppes said the union contract contained no provisions for prayer, which for many Muslims is a minimum of five times a day.
“They had talked to a couple of our representatives,” Hoppes said, “but you can’t go into the middle of the contract and renegotiate those types of things. You’ve got a lot of different nationalities at the plant, a lot of different religious beliefs.”
He said the company had tried to work with the Muslim employees, telling them: “‘These are your break times. Can you fit it into that?'” But, Hoppes said, “if you take a hundred people out of that line, you gotta shut down the line. . . . It’s a real touchy subject.”

Thanks to reader Alex for the tip.

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14 Responses

Why are we allowing so many Muslim Somalis into our country? They are all over the place here in the Washington area as well.
THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION, BEST MEANT FOR MICHAEL CHERTOFF, SINCE CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES IS UNDER HIS DHS PURVIEW. WHY ARE THEY CONSTANTLY RUBBER-STAMPING THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS INTO GREEN CARD POSSESSION?
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Gabe on May 16, 2007 at 12:53 pm

Maybe these folks should do work that allows them to set their own hours, say like… mowing lawns …you know, one of those jobs that Americans won’t do.

coffee on May 16, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Go back to Somalia! You already have a country where you can impose your religion on everyone.

steve ventry on May 16, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Welcome to America, Inc., somali babies. You knew the terms of your employment up front, so get packing, and good riddance. Come to think of it, I can’t think of a job in any country where you can give your employer “ultimatums”, and get anything but a severe reprimand or a pink slip in return. In fact, in most third world countries, like somalia, you would find the employee getting whacked in the head with a stick and told to get back to work, or take a hike. That plan works to motivate people real good in countries without CAIR or welfare. I like coffee’s idea, but if I had a lawn, and found some muzzie praying on it, I would look for a stick, too. Good job, Swift!

jeebie on May 16, 2007 at 1:39 pm

What is up with Kansas?First the footbaths at the airport and now a company offering special prayer time for Muslims. Is there a reason they want these degenerates in their state?

MadMom on May 16, 2007 at 2:05 pm

I’m finally relieved to hear that there is somebody out there who has the guts to stand up to these outlawed middle – easturd throwbacks instead of caving in to their demands.Kodus for Swift ofr that one. Now its only a matter of time till everyone else stops cowering before the CAIR.

Jew Chick on May 16, 2007 at 2:14 pm

We need to post “Muslims Go Home!” signs on billboards all across America. Would a Jew or Christian be allowed to demand special privileges in a Muslim dominated country? They would find their heads on a Muslim platter.

FreethinkerNY on May 16, 2007 at 3:10 pm

I think Swift should offer to hire them back under the proviso that they’ll be allowed to pray anytime they want but they have to work solely with pork products.
Tell those fetid shitballs this ain’t Burger King…they get it our way or they don’t get the son-of-a-bitch at all!

1shot1kill on May 16, 2007 at 3:14 pm

‘Splain it to me, Lucy…
They can’t work there because they are too religious to conform to the work schedule.
BUT they arenít’ too religious to kill animals in a non-hell-all way?
They aren’t too religious to work in a PORK processing plant? What, do they only touch meat in the beef division?
Really, ‘splain this to me, please!

dm60462 on May 16, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Freethinker, it’s going to take more than signs.

steve ventry on May 16, 2007 at 4:39 pm

Signs would be a good start. Infidels need a wake up call.

FreethinkerNY on May 16, 2007 at 4:48 pm

Those who can – shop at Swifts more. Hopefully they replace them with Infidel workers, so that no more Jiziya gets paid.

Infidel Pride on May 16, 2007 at 5:19 pm

So a 747 pilot leaves the cockpitÖa police officer pulls over and stops pursuing a criminalÖand a doctor in the middle of an operation throws down his scalpelÖbecause itís time to say silly Muslim prayers!
YupÖthatíll work over here.
ISLAM is a diseaseÖDONíT be infected by itÖdonít give in to a single demand, prompted by that STUPID religion or their “mindless” adherrants~

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