Religion, Grand Island Company Clash Resolved

September 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer


A big problem brewing at a Grand Island meat packing plant over religious rights appears to have been resolved.

Local United Food and Commercial Workers Union President Dan Hoppes says management at the JBS Swift & Co. plant has agreed to temporarily change the timing of the second-shift lunch break. That will give workers time to pray during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.

Five-hundred mostly Somali Muslim refugee workers walked off their jobs at the JBS Swift & Company plant Monday, claiming they were denied time to pray.