Muslim Workers Fired Over Prayer Dispute

150 Muslim Workers Fired Over Prayer Dispute

At the Cargill Meat Packing Plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado, a dispute over Muslim Prayer saw 150 workers fired. Now CAIR is involved.

Workplace Prayer

Cargill at one time even provided a prayer room for Muslims who wanted to pray. Most of the Muslims that work for them are from Somalia. The company reportedly told them, “If you want to pray, go home.”

Ten days ago, 200 workers walked off the job in an effort to get Cargill to reinstate the prayer schedule. Those who returned still have their jobs, but about 150 of them were fired.

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US Dept of Agriculture photo of Cargill meat plant

Cargill is an assembly line company. If too many people are gone from that assembly line, the company’s productivity is destroyed. It’s only logical that the company would finally say no to workers leaving the line.

CAIR is said to be “negotiating” for the fired workers. The Company told CAIR that the firing was over a “no call, no show, walkout.”

The Denver Post Reported,

The workers have previously been using time carved out of a 15-minute break period, or time from their unpaid 30-minute lunch break.

Cargill has a policy stating that any workers who are terminated can not reapply for a position for 6 months.

CAIR continues to talk with Cargill, a teleconference is scheduled next week, and Hussein hopes that the 6-month freeze is waved and that the workers will be allowed back.

The workers continue to express their desire to be allowed a prayer break, Hussein said.

“They feel missing their prayer is worse than losing their job,” Hussein said. “It’s like losing a blessing from God.”

In the real world

If Christians walked off the job for not being able to pray….well it wouldn’t happen. We don’t need a “prayer room” or a rug, we can just pray anytime anywhere we want…and 99% of the time no one even knows we’re praying. We don’t need “special privileges” to do our jobs, because we just do them.

Muslims are continually demanding special privileges for themselves. But in the real world of business, a company must make decisions based upon their needs. A spokesman for Cargill told the Greeley Tribune last week,

“…employees of all faiths are allowed to use a reflection area, but because employees work on an assembly line, only one or two at a time can use the area, to avoid slowing production.” 

Though the spokesman said they had not changed their rules, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. (based out of Kansas) was purchased in October, 2015 by JBS SA, a Brazilian Based Company for $1.45 Billion. It is highly likely that the decision was based on new corporate rules.