Plant fires Muslim workers in lunch break dispute |

Plant fires Muslim workers in lunch break dispute

GREELEY A union spokesman says the union will file grievances against a meatpacking company that fired more than 100 Muslim workers in a dispute over religious accommodations during Ramadan.At issue is a request by Muslim workers to be able to take their lunch breaks at sunset to end their fast during Ramadan. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 spokesman Manny Gonzales said Wednesday that between 130 to 150 workers from JBS Swift & Co. had been fired.As many as 300 workers walked out of work Friday, and many were suspended. Swift spokeswoman Tamara Smid said in a written statement that the workers were told they would be fired if they didnt report to work when recalled. Smid didnt specify how many workers were fired.

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