Muslims at Neb. meat plant seek prayer compromise

Full story: TwinCities.com

Fatuma Abbullahi, right, Leyla Ahmed, center, and Faduma Abdi, all of Grand Island, Neb., attend a gathering to discuss the recent firings of more than 100 Somali employees at the JBS Swift & Co.
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are_you_serious

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Can someone please tell me why almost every time I read about a labor dispute its the Somalis claiming they are being wronged and the US and its businesses absolutely have to change to accomodate them and their religion? Taxi drivers, Target, IBP, etc etc.
Where does this arrogant attitude come from? Their homeland is one of the most messed up countries in the world yet they have this "I'm superior to you" attitude. I just dont get it.
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I say if they want to pratice their religion---go back to their country and leave us (AMERICA) alone.
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Tile lady wrote:
I say if they want to pratice their religion---go back to their country and leave us (AMERICA) alone.
Or at least use vacation days if they want time off. Freedom of religion is freedom to be of whatever religion you want, not the right to practice it where ever and whenever you want.
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Yes, it is good that the non-muslim employees stood up and said something. More of the majority need to stand up everywhere.
to hard

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http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/mexicof...


Will be somali flag next time.
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Give them an inch......Gold N Plump should never have caved to them.

“I will now use my Lirpa”

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Didn't they read the employee handbook? Looks like there are 114 to go.

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to hard wrote:
Yes, it is good that the non-muslim employees stood up and said something. More of the majority need to stand up everywhere.
employers are paying people to work and do their job. they should NOT have to pay a salary and allow them to play computer games, send emails,talk on their cell phones and whatever else they do instead of work.. all this and they still take their 15 minute breaks and lunch. grow up. this is what ups our prices of service and products.
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tinlizzie wrote:
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employers are paying people to work and do their job. they should NOT have to pay a salary and allow them to play computer games, send emails,talk on their cell phones and whatever else they do instead of work.. all this and they still take their 15 minute breaks and lunch. grow up. this is what ups our prices of service and products.
I was talking about the majority of workers who filed a complaint saying that the somalians were getting preferential treatment. I do not agree with breaks for prayer time. Maybe I did not word it correctly - sorry for being human.
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I was talking about the majority of workers who filed a complaint saying that the somalians were getting preferential treatment. I do not agree with breaks for prayer time. Maybe I did not word it correctly - sorry for being human.
i just added my comments to yours.... not intending to disagree with them... sorry....
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tinlizzie wrote:
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i just added my comments to yours.... not intending to disagree with them... sorry....
No problem - did you click on the snopes page I posted. Makes you wonder why this was never published after it happened.

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My employer gives us 2 personal days each year, we can use them to celebrate a religious holiday, go Xmas shopping or just sleep, it's our choice. We also have 2 15min breaks each day, which we can take between 9-11am and 2-4pm, along w/our lunch break. They did this to prevent anyone from crying it's not fair about whatever they feel they're entitled to do. Shame that company's feel obligated to bend over backwards for employee's & they still kicked get in the butt by a select few.
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WTFisgoingonhere wrote:
Give them an inch......Gold N Plump should never have caved to them.
Us non-muslims should boycott Gold N Plump
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Interesting how the article states that the muslims are seeking a "compromise" and that is to have their prayer schedule accomodated, compromise?
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are_you_serious wrote:
Can someone please tell me why almost every time I read about a labor dispute its the Somalis claiming they are being wronged and the US and its businesses absolutely have to change to accomodate them and their religion? Taxi drivers, Target, IBP, etc etc.
Where does this arrogant attitude come from? Their homeland is one of the most messed up countries in the world yet they have this "I'm superior to you" attitude. I just dont get it.
I'm told they get this from the sickest of Americans, called the bleeding hearts. Seems they have programs all set up where they school the immigrants on how to demand and get all the social services that are available.

Another way to look at this is that the employer gets what they deserve. They wanted cheap, unskilled and perhaps illegal immigrant types. Fine, now deal with the costs of that decision - including the cost of losing business from people who take the time to learn about the products they market and avoid them, while alerting all your friends about all this, so they can avoid buying stuff from them, too!
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Andersen window can't even lay them off along with normal seniority list. Just wait for Obama
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Just think what we could do if the
Americans stuck together but they never will. Give these groups credit to run us gringoes into the ground, we take it like a bunch of sheep.
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are_you_serious wrote:
Can someone please tell me why almost every time I read about a labor dispute its the Somalis claiming they are being wronged and the US and its businesses absolutely have to change to accomodate them and their religion? Taxi drivers, Target, IBP, etc etc.
Where does this arrogant attitude come from? Their homeland is one of the most messed up countries in the world yet they have this "I'm superior to you" attitude. I just dont get it.
I'll explain it to you. They are MUSLIM. They should get special treatment. PERIOD. And if you disagree, then you are officially politically incorrect. End of story.
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This is just the beginning folks....get ready because more is to come I am sure! We need to get America back on track and do it soon.
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mike wrote:
Just think what we could do if the
Americans stuck together but they never will. Give these groups credit to run us gringoes into the ground, we take it like a bunch of sheep.
I hate to agree with you Mike, but I am afraid that most American's have become sheep - for fear of being called racist, or be sued for everything they have. American's we need to stand up to this invasion before its too late.

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