Claim: Tyson Foods eliminated Labor Day as a holiday in favor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
Tyson drops Labor Day holiday for Eid al-Fitr
You can bet that this action by Tyson is only the begining to removing more of the holidays and other symbols that made the United States of America the greatest country on earth.
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR FAMILY, BE VERY CAREFUL WHOM YOU VOTE FOR IN NOVEMBER.
[Collected via e-mail, February 2011]
I heard that Tyson Foods is dropping Labor Day as a holiday, in favor of adding the last day of Ramadan. Sounds ludicrous to me, given that the former = a National Holiday.
[Collected via e-mail, February 2011]
Is it true that tyson foods in tennesee eliminated Labor day as a holiday in favor of rahmandan because of all the Muslim employees that they have working there?
Origins: In August 2008, the Shelbyville, Tennessee, Times-Gazette reported that beginning in
Tyson Foods issued a press release about the issue, which read as follows:
This change came about as a result of union demands brought to the negotiating table, and was agreed upon by Tyson in an effort to reach a contractual agreement with the union. The contract that calls for this change was unanimously recommended by the
The Muslim population at the Shelbyville plant is primarily composed of approximately
The Shelbyville complex employs approximately 1,200 people. Approximately 1,000 workers are covered by the union agreement at Shelbyville.
Tyson made this request on behalf of its Shelbyville plant employees, some of whom had expressed concern about the new contract provisions relative to paid holidays. In an effort to be responsive, Tyson asked the union to reopen the contract to address the holiday issue, and the union agreed to do so. The union membership voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reinstate Labor Day as one of the plant’s paid holidays, while keeping
For the remainder of the five-year contract period, the eight paid holidays will include:
So we printed it. It only took a little over an hour for the Associated Press to pick it up. But this time, our local story did not go on the state wire, as it normally would, but was instead placed on the AP financial wire.
Within hours, a crew from WSMV was being chased away from the Tyson plant and by
But that was nothing compared what else was happening with the story.
News sites, blogs and discussion forums all over the Internet were picking up the story like crazy over the weekend. A close friend called to tell me that it was the top subject on
And with very few exceptions, the reaction was very much like what has been seen on our website: People calling for a boycott of Tyson Foods along with outraged letters to the company and the union involved. Many point out how Christian beliefs are being sidelined in the workplace and schools while another faith is given special consideration.
Then there is the inevitable linkage to Islam in general and its more radical elements. Or linking the story to whatever agenda a person may have. One animal rights activist even sent me links to graphic videos containing animal sacrifices conducted for another Islamic festival. Another blog sought to connect the controversy to Barack Obama, since the union in question in this story has endorsed the presidential candidate.
So now, for good or ill, our little local situation concerning the Somali refugees is a hot nationwide topic. As of this writing, the story still continues to spread like a virus through the Internet and the media food chain.
A labor union vote briefly changed the Labor Day holiday at the company’s Shelbyville, Tennessee, poultry plant in 2008. Tyson Foods did not initiate the change and immediately negotiated with the union to reinstate Labor Day as a paid holiday, resolving the matter more than three years ago.
Labor Day continues to be one of the paid holidays for Team Members at all of the company’s U.S. plants.
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