Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dhimmitude update: Grand Island Swift plant "accomodates" Somali workers prayer time demands. About 70 Somali meatpacking workers returned to work Wednesday at a Swift & Co. plant in Grand Island after Omaha community representatives intervened to help narrow a culture gap. Mohamed Rage, chairman of the Omaha Somali-American Community Organization, met with company and union officials Tuesday to explain how union contracts and company policy conflict with Islamic prayer requirements." Management was cordial and understanding," Rage said. The company agreed to allow a normal bathroom break to be used for prayer time. Workers agreed to limit their prayer time to the time availableabout 120 Somali workers resigned last week. By Wednesday afternoon, he said, about 70 had returned to work

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