Tyson Foods, a large corporation, has decided to break Federal Law and not celebrate Labor Day. At the Shelbyville, Tennessee plant they will get Eid al-Fitr off instead. The next thing you know they will do will be to force their employees to work on Christmas.
Workers at Tyson Foods' poultry processing plant in Shelbyville 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."
You know that if there were Jews working at this plant they would not be doing the same thing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Eid al-Fitr falls on Oct. 1 this year.
Tyson's Director of Media Relations, Gary Mickelson, stated that while the new contract does not provide an additional holiday, as the union claimed, "the new contract includes eight paid holidays, which is the same number provided in the old contract."
"However, the 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.
"Since all Team Members will still have eight paid holidays, the change will not affect production," Mickelson said.
Eid al-Fitr means "Festival of the Breaking of the Fast" in Arabic, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.
That doesn't excuse them from breaking Federal Law. Labor Day is a Federal Holiday mandated by Federal Law.
We as consumers can do many things. Firstly contact Tyson and tell them you are unhappy with this decision of theirs. Their address is:
Consumer Relations CP631
2210 West Oaklawn Drive
Springdale, AR 72764-6999
Tell them that you plan on boycotting their foods and will join in with this National boycott of their products. And then do not buy Tyson products, go to a restaurant that serves Tyson products, etc...
Companies have to know that they don't have the power, we do. It is our money.