Tyson Foods Substituted Labor Day with a Moslem holiday -Truth! But Decision was Reversed!

Tyson Foods Substituted Labor Day with a Moslem holiday Truth! But Decision was Reversed! 

Summary of eRumor:

The eRumor claims that Tyson foods agreed to substitute Labor Day with a Muslim holiday at its plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee because of a request from a union whose membership includes several hundred immigrants from Somalia, who are largely Muslim.

The Truth:

This story was true but the company changed the policy to now include both Labor Day and Eid al-Fitr. 

It all started when union workers and officials of Tyson foods agreed to swap labor day as a holiday with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.  This is the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

After measuring the reaction to the decision, however, the union workers and Tyson Foods reinstated Labor Day as a paid holiday but also kept Eid al-Fitr as a holiday as well in 2008.  Then for the remainder of the contract workers can choose Labor Day and another personal day for a holiday, which Muslim workers can use for their holiday if desired.

updated 08/16/08