An Injury to Eid is an Injury to All by ProQuest


Like other Muslim workers, the Somalis at [Tyson] faced obstacles to honoring their faith. For example, most Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr - the religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. To those at the plant who observe Eid, the holiday is as important to them as Christmas is to Christian co-workers. However, Tyson didn't recognize Eid as a paid holiday. That's why when talks for a new contract began, the workers' eight-member negotiating committee - all but two of whom were Christian - proposed making Eid a paid holiday."I know how I'd feel if someone said I couldn't go to church," said Waymon Walker, a 20-year Tyson employee. "It doesn't matter what someone's religion is. Being in a union means looking after each other. That's all this contract does."Calvin Ewing, a Tyson employee for 27 years, summed up the workers' attitude best. "The only way working people ever win is if we stand together. It doesn't matter whether it's race or religion, it's always the same for working people: United we stand, divided we fall."

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