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Muslims Hold Walkout Protest For More Prayer Time At CO Meat Plant – Get Fired (Video)

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I’m sure President Obama will come to the aid of these 200 Muslim Somali workers that walked off the job at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan on Monday.  They were protesting what they said was religious discrimination after an alleged policy change about when workers could breaks to pray during their shifts.

“Prayer is our first priority,” Hamza Hussein a worker at the plant said. , said. “We are Muslim. We’re not going to work for them if we can’t pray.”

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Fort Morgan Times Reports:

Cargill Meat Solutions beef processing plant in Fort Morgan is shown here in 2011. About 200 Somali workers at the plant walked out Monday to protest what they said was religious discrimination after an alleged sudden policy change about when workers could take five-minute breaks to pray during their shifts. (Fort Morgan Times file photo)

About 200 employees at the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Fort Morgan left work on Monday due to what they claim is religious discrimination.

Many of the plant’s Somali employees claim that ever since Friday, their bosses have not allowed them to take the five-minute breaks for prayer that their Muslim faith requires them to observe every day. They left the plant at around 3 p.m. yesterday and are threatening to quit for good if the rules don’t change.

Meanwhile, Cargill representatives say company policy has always accommodated employees’ religious practices, and that nothing changed over the weekend.

Hamza Hussein, who has worked for Cargill for almost two years, said that in the past, the plant’s employees have always been able to take time during their shift to pray, but on Friday they were told they could no longer do so.

“Prayer is our first priority,” he said. “We are Muslim. We’re not going to work for them if we can’t pray.”

Mike Martin, director of communications for Cargill, said the plant has a reflection area where employees of all faiths have always been allowed to go for prayer. Because employees work on an assembly line, they are only allowed to leave one or two at a time, to avoid slowing production. But Martin said company policy on allowing religious practices has not changed.

“On Friday there were some people asking to go to prayer, and we accommodated them as best we could,” he said.

Martin also said the majority of the plant’s 2,100 employees did show up for work on Monday. The second shift of the day, during which the majority of workers are Somali, was a bit short, but he said the plant is still operating both shifts.

He said managers at the Fort Morgan Cargill plant are communicating with the employees who brought the complaints, and they hope to come to an agreement soon.

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  1. They need to go back to where they came from if they want so many breaks to pray. Christians are being Persecuted just for Being a Christian, let alone, Showing it at Work,, Go back to where This is a Traditional Accepted part of Their Religion!!!

  2. One of them said, “‘Prayer is our first priority. We are Muslim. We’re not going to work for them if we can’t pray.'” Guess what? They are in America and are not entitled to have anything more that the legal breaks provided by federal law. Those laws allow for a paid 15 minute break in the middle of a four hour shift and two paid 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute unpaid break if working an eight hour shift. The first 15 minute break occurs about two hours into the worker’s shift, then about two more hours in is the unpaid 30 minute break, and then about two hours later is the last fifteen minute break. Even mothers who are breastfeeding and need to pump have to comply with those times. Why should muslims get preferential treatment?! If they don’t like the laws here, then they can pack up their prayer mats and head back to Somalia on the next boat. There are PLENTY of red-blooded Americans who will be more than happy to pay their way back!

  3. oh damn! but I think you forget that christmas is a religious holiday that everyone gets off and no one complains about it then saying that they should I’m sure they’re are only asking for about 15 minutes to go and pray not going to harm much. Shocker!! I bet that they wouldn’t even mind making up for the 10/15 minutes they took out for praying at the end of their shift! Damn! I’ve only read a few articles not this website and all the comments are full of HATE! America was originally a religious refuge not somewhere that they would also be persecuted for their beliefs! :/

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