JBS Swift fires about 100 Muslims for ‘violation’ of union contract

GreeleyTribune – JBS Swift fires about 100 Muslims for ‘violation’ of union contract

A week-long dispute between JBS Swift & Co. and hundreds of Muslim workers seeking Ramadan prayer accommodations flared into firings of about 100 workers Wednesday afternoon.

…The workers had been off the job since early evening Friday, when about 220 of them walked off mid-shift, claiming they weren’t being given break times at a previously agreed to time. All the workers were notified they were being suspended.

A JBS Swift official on Wednesday said via email correspondence that the company upheld an agreement made with the workers and that the Friday walkout was a “direct violation of our collective bargaining agreement.” Relayed through a group of Muslim leaders, JBS Swift officials told the workers early Tuesday afternoon that if they didn’t return to work for that day’s second shift, they’d be fired.

About 120 Muslim workers returned to work Tuesday. The roughly 100 remaining who didn’t report until Wednesday were handed termination papers as soon as they arrived, around 3:30 p.m.

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