Imagine the logistical nightmare of scheduling breaks to accomodate moving prayer times. “Dozens of Muslim meatpackers return to production lines after prayer walk-out,” from the Associated Press:
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Dozens of Muslim meatpackers in Omaha, Nebraska, are back on the job, after walking-out last week to protest not having enough time for sundown prayers.
No complaints on the other shifts?
Swift and Company officials had said sunset prayers could take too many workers off production lines at once, forcing them to shut down. More than half of the Muslim workers — from Somalia — decided to return to the production lines, after meeting with management and union officials.
As summer draws near, later sunsets could run past slotted break times, which could mean more friction between management and workers. But a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the workers have flexibility about when they are required to pray. And he says prayer should only take about five minutes.