Muslims protest Ramadan accommodations at Swift |

Muslims protest Ramadan accommodations at Swift

GREELEY About 150 people gathered at a downtown park in Greeley to protest meatpacking plant JBS Swift & Co.s accommodations for workers fasting during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.The gathering Monday at Lincoln Park follows the walkout Friday of some 300 workers hours before their shifts were to end. At issue is the timing of workers lunch breaks to coincide with sunset, when those not haven eaten or had anything to drink since sunrise could break their fast. Many of those at the park were Somalis, who have recently relocated to Greeley.Those at the park said they were not reporting for their shift Monday evening. Company spokeswoman Tamara Smid did not return a message left by The Associated Press. In a statement, Smid said the company desires to accommodate the religious practices of its employees provided it can do so reasonably, safely and without undue burden.

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