Meat plant reverses course on Muslim prayer

September 18, 2008 7:29:31 PM PDT
Managers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant have done an about-face on a recent change allowing Muslim employees to take prayer breaks en masse. Dan Hoppes, local president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, says managers at the JBS Swift & Co. plant told Muslim employees Thursday the new policy was ended. He says they took it calmly.

Muslim workers, mostly Somali, had argued that they should be allowed to pray at sunset during the holy month of Ramadan, which is during September this year.

The company decided this week to let them but reversed course after non-Muslim workers complained the change was unfair.

Company officials have not returned calls from The Associated Press.

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