Muslim Group Tries Mediation In Lunch Break Spat

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it's trying to mediate in a weeklong confrontation between Muslim workers and JBS Swift & Co. over when the workers can break for prayer at a swift plant in Greeley.

On Friday, Swift says about 220 workers walked out of work. The workers blamed the company's refusal to allow their breaks to coincide with sunset so they could pray. Swift says workers who were suspended for walking out were told that if they didn't return
to work yesterday, they would be fired.

Swift says 101 workers were fired, although union officials say the number may be as high as 150. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 Plans to file grievances against the company on behalf of those workers.

The Colorado State Refugee Services Program says some workers have already begun looking for other jobs at the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Fort Morgan.

Swift says it changed worker's lunch schedules to accommodate prayers, but at least one worker says the break is still unworkable.

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