The blogosphere is abuzz about Tyson Chicken’s new contract with its labor union that eliminates Labor Day as a paid holiday and replaces it with a Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr for the plant in Shelbyville, TN.
How ironic that a union eliminated a union holiday!Â On one hand, I have to cheer the fact that an employer will not be giving their people the day off in celebration of the labor movement.Â On the other hand, I’m disheartened by the fact that they were pushed into this situation by a union.Â I guess they could have negotiated this issue if they’d wanted, but then again, a day is a day to the bottom line…why should they care which day the plant is shut down.
As for the people that are outraged by this change in policy, Blue Collar Muse makes a great point:
Every business in America was forced by the government to spend money to comply with the ADA a few years back. The government is implementing â€œNo Smokingâ€ practices against the will of many businesses around the country. These are great examples of behavior we should be outraged with.
As for me, I’m far from a Muslim, and even further from a socialist, so I’ll be working on both Eid al-Fitr and Labor Day.