What Is Wrong With Tyson Chicken?August 2nd, 2008 at 11:28 am by Brian
Besides hormone-injected breasticles. Besides “parts-n-stuff” nuggets held together by chicken-flavored glue. Besides the fact that when they are not culling the parking lots for illegal aliens that they go and do something like this:
Workers at Tyson Foods’ poultry processing plant in Shelbyville (TN) 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.”
On one hand I’m torn. A private business should be able to give everyone 365 days off a year if they want. On the other hand, replacing Labor Day for a holiday to placate the most violent, intolerant, misogynistic religion on the planet may not be the greatest idea. And while it shows a politically expedient gesture to their employees where the company has financially given up nothing, it may not play as well to their customers.
“Based on the contract, the other paid holidays include: The Team Member’s birthday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day,” Mickelson said.
So Easter didn’t make the cut, eh? I guess rising from the dead was subject to negotiation. Tough crowd. If I’m to believe the Ramadan prayer at the close of Eid-al-Fitr there is only one god anyway so you might as well quit pissing them off and drop Christmas too.
How you got 700 Muslims out of 1200 employees at the same plant in rural Shelbyville, TN is a baffling statistic.
Regardless, say goodbye to my freezer Tyson. Your products will never see the inside of it again.
Bow Down Before The One Your Serve Update: Evidently, the local NBC affiliate went down to see what all the hub-bub was and was rejected from stepping foot on the property – for reasons which may be obvious:
Tyson company spokeswoman Libby Lawson said by phone that, “This isn’t a religious accommodation, this is a contractual agreement. The majority asked for it.”
So can we assume that if the majority asked for 10 days, 14 days, 21 days off a year that they would get it?
Channel 4′s Cynthia Williams could not reach any of the plant’s Muslim workers, because Channel 4 News’ crew was not permitted on the property.
Note to Cynthia: Put on a burqa and see if that helps.
Former employee and Shelbyville resident Anthony Proctor said he thinks what’s happening is wrong. He said he helped build a special Muslim prayer room that’s located inside the plant and that no other Tyson facility has been that accommodating for any other religion.
“If we want to go pray, we don’t have one for Christians,” he said.
They also said if you were Union that you could still take off Labor Day but that if you weren’t Union that you still have to come to work. Does that mean Muslims can’t take Christmas off? Racists can’t take MLK Day off? The British can’t take off Independence Day?
If only there was a law in place about treating all employees equal.
Hey Cynthia, just do what most Tyson workers do in order to get inside – steal somebody’s Social Security number, buy a fake ID, and take a job paying below minimum wage.
Allahu Akbar, ya’ll.
Double Reverse Irony Watch: Obama-backing Union approved the move.