Tuesday, August 05, 2008
One Tyson foods plant in Tennessee has voted to replace Labor Day as a paid holiday with the the end of Ramadan; the link attached to the title of this post gives a brief history of Labor Day. In short, some of the major beneficiaries of the original Labor Day was immigrants. However, since it was a day off for all of Labor, it can be argued that it benefitted all of American labor, and was a unifying date.
The move by this particular Tyson plant is for the benefit of 250 of 1200 employees who are Somali Muslim immigrants. Instead of a unifying event, this plant is dividing itself from the rest of America.