A Tyson plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee has committed an act of cultural and economic treason against the United States. The management has adopted and implemented a decision by their workers to recognized the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, in place of Labor Day. National media story by WorldNetDaily. Primary local media story by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville, and WKRN Channel 2 in Nashville.
Discussion forums covering this story include Free Republic, the Hannity Forum, the Vanguard News Network Forum, Military.com Forums, and Stormfront. Debbie Schlussel also takes issue with it.
The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which represents the 1,200 plant workers, sought the holiday change in the new five-year contract, and the company caved. Of the 1,200 workers, 700 of them are Muslims, and 200 are Somali immigrants (I consider the Times-Gazette's numbers to be authoritative)
The new contract creates an additional paid holiday, Eid al-Fitr, and at the union's request, dropped Labor Day. Other paid holidays for company workers include a worker's personal birthday, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Since the total number of paid holidays remains constant at eight, the change will not affect production. WKRN reports that only the 1,000 union workers at the plant are affected; the 200 non-union workers will still be allowed to take Labor Day off.
To add insult to injury, the company has also created two prayer rooms on its premises to allow Muslim workers to pray twice a day and return to work without leaving the plant. Workers of other faiths are not allowed to use these rooms, nor are they given time off the assembly line to pray.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day was designated a national holiday on September 5th, 1882, and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Times-Gazette readers who posted comments to the story are universally outraged. Not only is there not one single comment in support of Tyson, but many express their intent to boycott Tyson. One commenter posted a copy of an e-mail sent to Tyson:
I wrote to Gary Mickelson at Tyson Foods, Inc.
My mail to him is below:
I am so lost for words I will only repeat the headlines and then do my best to ensure that not only my family but everybody else we know never buys your products again. And since I am presently working in Mexico (and Tyson products can be found everywhere here) I will help you out by translating it into Spanish for those that can't understand English.
"Workers at Tyson Foods' poultry processing plant in Shelbyville will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day, but will instead take the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the fall."
It's like a race between the USA and it's European allies to see who can give away their cultural identity, their freedom of speech and their hard won freedoms 1st.
Commentary: This is just as bad as supplanting Washington's Birthday with Martin Luther King Day. This isn't accomodation; it's dislocation and replacement, and is a symptom of reverse colonization.
And while the workers may have "requested" the change, it was the company management which agreed to the change. This is no different in spirit than F.W. deKlerk handing over South Africa to the Communist-led African National Congress in 1994. Consequently, the company management bears the greater responsibility and warrants the greater accountability.
And how should they be held accountable? Here's a clue:
This is how Hal Turner would hold them accountable. And who can blame him? Despite elections, rallies, letters to the editor, and even boycotts, this nonsense continues. Perhaps it's time to up the ante??? [Ed. Note: For Hal Turner fans, although he's now discontinued his radio show, his radio archives can be found HERE, and many of his news stories and associated commentary is archived HERE.]
But for now, a boycott will suffice. People should also consider picketing supermarkets which sell Tyson products. Ensure you remain on public property and obey local laws when picketing.