August 1, 2008, - 7:41 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Well, folks, here it is–the beginning (or maybe the middle) of the end of America as we know it. Tyson Foods is now ending employees’ paid day off for Labor Day and, instead, giving ‘em the paid day off for the Muslim festival, Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. It is the most important holiday in Islam.
It will be interesting to see how Tyson calculates which day it is, since Muslims are never really sure on which day or two it falls until right before–and since Shi’ites and Sunnis frequently feud about when it falls.
Since I keep kosher, I don’t eat Tyson Foods products anyway, but I call on you my readers to boycott the company. It’s absurd to replace labor day with the holiday of those bent on our destruction. Any company that does that doesn’t deserve your business. (It, frankly, doesn’t deserve your business even without this, because as I’ve noted on this site, Tyson Foods employs illegal aliens and trades with Iran, helping sustain the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime.)
Tyson Foods . . . the Official Olympic Sponsor of IslamoFascism:
Workers at Tyson Foods’ poultry processing plant in Shelbyville [Tennessee] 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.”
Um, it’s Eid Al-Fitr, not this fictional “Iidal Fitil.” If you’re gonna pander to Islamofascism, at least look like you know a tad about the butt you’re about to French kiss.
Eid al-Fitr falls on Oct. 1 this year. [DS: Sort of. See note above about uncertainty of the Islamic calendar.]
Tyson’s Director of Media Relations, Gary Mickelson, stated . . . “[T]he 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. . . .
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.”
It’s ironic: a union giving up a paid national holiday tribute to labor and replacing it with a holiday honoring the most repressive and regressive religion on contemporary earth.
The United Dhimmi States of America. Tyson Foods is just a drop in the bucket compared to what we’re gonna see.