Union That Endorses Obama, Forces Tyson Foods To Drop Labor Day For A Muslim Holiday

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU),  a union that endorses Barack Obama in his 2008 Presidential candidacy, has negotiated with Tyson Foods  recognize a Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr instead of the traditional  American Labor Day holiday.

Employees are not happy with this stunt.

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.

From The Shelbyville Times:

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.”

Eid al-Fitr falls on Oct. 1 this year.

From The UFCW website (6/10/08):

UFCW President Joe Hansen spoke with the RWDSU Executive Board at a meeting in Washington, D.C., this morning, discussing the importance of electing Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential election, the upcoming UFCW convention in Montreal, and the issue of immigration reform.

At the meeting, the RWDSU Executive Board endorsed Obama for U.S. president, and also heard from guest speakers Congressman Steve Israel (D – NY) and Congressman Anthony D. Weiner (D – NY).

Tyson should not have sacrificed a traditional American holiday for this Muslim recognized Ramadan holiday.

t/b:  Michelle MalkinStop The ACLU
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34 thoughts on “Union That Endorses Obama, Forces Tyson Foods To Drop Labor Day For A Muslim Holiday”

  1. The newspaper link is wrong. Both links point to the union web page. Where is Shelbyville? What state?

    Sorry about that. Link fixed. -George

  2. Pretty good stuff. As much as he’s trying to claim he’s not a muslim, there sure is a lot of muslim activism coming from his supporters.

  3. I don’t think companies should recognize any religious holidays. Recognize the secular holidays that we have – labor day, memorial day, july 4, presidents day, new years day (etc.) and give people the extra few days to take as they wish (christmas, easter, hannukah – whatever).

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  4. First off, Obama had NOTHING to do with these contract negotiations, so quit straining so hard to make this into a political demerit against Obama. You may rupture a blood vessel.

    Seocndly, apparently almost 60% of that plant’s workers are Muslim. If they want to make one of their alloted paid holidays coincide with a Muslim holiday, why is it anybody’s business other than the company’s and the union’s? That’s what collective bargaining is about.

    And the truly ironic thing is that they negotiated away LABOR DAY for the Muslim holiday. 99% of those who will wail about this “travesty” will also stand in line to rail against unions and what they represent. This may be the ONLY time they purportedly support unions!

    Get over it… your prejudice is showing, kiddies, and it’s not attractive.

  5. this is unbelievible what is going on here in america , have the majority of you lost your minds?
    tyson foods should be brought up some sort of charges and fined , if i was an employee of tyson foods i would have promptly given them the middle finger and walked out as soon as i was told of this. radical islam wants you dead and you they coddle these demons…unbelievible!

  6. Rich, what charges should be filed against Tyson? What, exactly, is the crime you see here? Allowing 60% of an employer’s workforce decide ONE freaking holiday of their choice? Or is it that you just irrationality hate “dem furriners” who have a different religion than you? This agreement by Tyson and the uion that represents Tyson employees is about as American as apple pie: they sat down and talked to one another. The employees said “we want this holiday” and Tyson said “Fine, which current holiday will you give up in its place?” The employees chose to give up Labor Day, and everyody came away happy. Who the hell do you think YOU are, that you can think for a moment that this isn’t legal, that this is criminal?

    Your closing line says it all: “radical islam wants you dead and you coddle these demons.” [Your SHIFT key broken, btw?] Does wanting to celebrate one of your religion’s holiday make you a “radical”? If so, then everybody is a radical Christian for celebrating Christmas — including all the Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Taoists, Wiccans and anybody else at Tyson and elsewhere, who recognize Christmas as a holiday. And I doubt all that many Muslim employees of Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, Tennessee really wants you, or me, dead.

    Rich, thank you for showing, once again, that “Stuck on Stupid” is so aptly named.

  7. Gosh, I hadn’t looked at this complex issue in quite that way before. Thanks for the enlightening comment, Rich. Hope the grub in that NeoNazi summer camp you’re attending gets better!

  8. Tyson is free to decide what to do with their holidays. They are not free, however, to choose the consequences of their decision. Does the word, “boycott,” relate?

  9. Joe, I hear your call for a boycott, which is certainly your right, but here’s my questions:

    How does this decision, agreed to by Tyson and its employees in one small plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee, affect your life? What is the harm? Do you really value LABOR DAY that much? And if you do, how can you disrespect a decision made in collective bargaining?

    Seems to me that it’s merely anti-Muslim animus that would cause anybody to whine about this decision. If our country or your religion cannot survive such a minor issue, we’re all in trouble.

  10. Dear Diogenes, It’s all very simple, no need for patronizing cr-p. The old proverb: When in Rome (or America) do as the Romans (or Americans) do! Simple!

  11. diogenes,

    700 Somalians regionally, Not in the plant, there are only around 250 Somalians employed at that particular plant. I work there. Basically less than 20% are muslim in that plant.

    I live here in Shelbyville TN and I see it everyday.

  12. First off, people other than Somalians can be Muslim. But, since you say you work there, I’ll take your word for it.

    But my question then becomes: if the Muslim community is such a small minority in the plant, why did the rest of the union workers agree to such a deal? Surely the union doesn’t have that much of a death wish that they would do something that would so completely enrage the majority of their constituents. Or do most of the workers not really care one way or another?

  13. diogenes,

    Good question, we didn’t agree. Thats the problem, no-one was aware this was even being talked about, the Union there is useless. You don’t have to join it and even if you do. It doesn’t help.

  14. There HAS to be a ratification vote by the membership on any tentative collective bargaining agreement. That’s basic labor law. Maybe they didn’t advertise it enough, maybe you missed it, maybe you didn’t go because votes like that are usually uncontroversial.

  15. Hey let them have what they want & and I will have what I want. A nice thick steak on labor day sounds
    good to me. they can have there chicken dinner!!!!

  16. I spoke with a very nice lady at the National HQ for RWDSU (the union). The local’s telephone number is 205-322-7462. We shoud all call!

    Find your voice now or you will be silenced later.

  17. I will not buy Tyson foods any longer!! What else is going to change? Easter is now referred to as “Spring Holiday and Christmas is “Winter Holiday”! All these immigrants come here and want to change our country and its being changed to suit them. They have more rights that Americans and I mean American born citizens!! I wish the fuck they all would get on a boat and sail the hell out of here. I would be glad to help them pack. One other blogger said it well, politians are so worried about the planet well what about the illegals who are invading our country. They bring crime, disease, trash, and live off the government. The gov’t will help them out before they would me and I am an American!!! What gives???

  18. “I wish the fuck they all would get on a boat and sail the hell out of here. I would be glad to help them pack.”

    I’m sure the Native Americans that were here in 1492 share your sentiment, AmericanGirl.

    And Sad? How can anybody conclude “it’s all Barack Obama’s fault”??? Or was that subtle sarcasm that just went whizzing over my head?

  19. Wow, AmericanGirl, that is some virulent racist drivel you are spouting there. Illegal immigrants bring “trash”? What, they carry a garbage can with them when they make the trek across the desert from Mexico?

    I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some
    individual, or their culture.

    ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials
    and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

    ‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese,
    Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to
    become part of our society, learn the language!’

    ‘Most Americans believe in God. This is not some Christian,
    right-wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women,
    raised on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly
    documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of
    our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another
    part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

    ‘We accept your beliefs, and don’t question why.

    All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful
    enjoyment with us.’

    ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we allow you
    every opportunity to enjoy all this.

    So once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag,
    Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly
    encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, ‘THE

    ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here.
    You asked to be here. So accept the country that YOU chose to accept

  21. Gravitybear:::: yes thats right they bring trash! The borders where they cross into the US is littered and nasty from the trash they bring!!! The Americans who live on the borders have had their cars stolen, had to put up fences around their houses and bought guns. I am referring to “Mexicans”!! I am sick and tired of turning on the local news and seeing some drunk illegal mexican has killed an innocent person. Its a weekly occurence. As matter a fact a little girl was just hit by a drunk illegal yesterday as she walked along the road with her father!! Fuck Illegals and call me racist if you want I am just saying it the way I feel it!!!

  22. Boycott Tyson said it very well! My thoughts exactly!!

    Thanks !!!!!

    God Bless the USA and all Americans!!!!!!!!

  23. diogenes:
    The native americans ALSO came from somewhere else. And this was NOT their country. They were roaming tribes of savages KILLING each other before WE came, brought them civilization, law and order i.e. the cornerstones of a CIVILIZED society.

    So stop crying that sorry drivel about US invading the “country” of the Indians.

    maybe if they had garbage cans they would NOT have strewn so much litter as they crossed.

  24. 1eyeninja:
    Native Americans were the first humans to live on the American continent. Thus, they are “native”. Technically, you are correct though, this was not their country since there was no country to begin with.

    I also think you need to get your facts straight and consider your subject material before posting. Your definition of savagery seems to involve being “civilized” and killing like members of your society. Native Americans were a very civilized, honorable and law abiding, if loosely knit, society when Caucasians came to these shores. Their forms of warfare were very well ordered and fought by rules. Compensation was given to losers and winners. Although, they did kill each other. I guess that’s one thing white society gave them since whites never kill other whites, right? Although, it seems that whites seem to kill a lot of other colored people, but, hey, as long as whites don’t kill whites, right?

  25. Why do I have this feeling that many of these jingoists with their incredibly racist comments are the same people who would call Obama “arrogant”? I may have to re-evaluate Obama, ’cause these guys are pros at being arrogant.

  26. Wasn’t Labor Day set up for the UNIONS?

    Those that want Oct 1 off work on Christmas and those that want DEC 25 off work on October 1st.

    How hard would that be?

    But I guess that is the union’s responsibility to make it worse for everyone just for a few.

  27. I lived in Germany for 13 years. We had to adapt, to learn the language to study. My ex-husband who is Muslim runs a company there. The holidays followed are the German holidays. Workers of different religions switch off during holidays e.g. Christians work during non-Christian holidays and non-Christians work during Christian holidays. In 22 years there have been no problems.

  28. I sent an email to tyson a few days ago expressing to them that I plan to boycott any and all products of Tyson. below is a copy of their response. As for Obama
    having anything to do with this..please…grow up. I am sure Obama wishes he had the power that idiots that are blamming him for this and any other action done by a Muslim, seems to believe he has. Grow up!
    What concerns me as much as this holiday change, is the fact that alot of companies are bringing over and hiring people from other countries, while Americans need good jobs! Everyone needs to check the companies locally.

    This is my response from Tyson…

    Labor Day Still Recognized at Tyson Foods

    Union Contract Provision only at Shelbyville, TN Plant

    Springdale, Arkansas – August 4, 2008 – Contrary to recent reports,Labor Day is still a holiday at Tyson Foods. This issue concerns only the plant at Shelbyville, TN. The majority of employees at the
    Tyson plant in Shelbyville, TN, are represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU), an American union that asked for and
    received Eid al-Fitr, as one of their eight paid holidays, in place of Labor Day. This applies only to the Shelbyville plant and resulted as
    part of the union contract negotiated last fall. This change does not apply to Tyson’s other 118 plants. This is not a religious accommodation rather, it is part of a union-initiated contract demand.
    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 12-person union bargaining committee, which included three Somali employees. The contract was then overwhelmingly agreed to by 80-percent of the rank and file membership of the union at the Shelbyville plant. The Muslim population at the Shelbyville plant is primarily composed of approximately 250 Somali employees, who are political refugees, most
    of whom came to the plant as a result of refugee resettlement efforts based in Nashville. They were employed at the plant through the Tennessee Department of Employment Security office.
    The Shelbyville complex employs approximately 1,200 people.
    Approximately 1,000 workers are covered by the union agreement at Shelbyville.

    Carma Nicholson

    Consumer Relations

    Tyson, Food Safety & Quality Assurance

    They also are providing “prayer rooms” for these employees.


  29. More spin from the Tyson machine, Union members never knew. Consumer relations are lying. The contract was overwhelmingly agree to by 80 of whom attended meeting, which was 3 somalians. No-one else was aware.

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