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JBS, Muslims vow harmony
by Chris Casey
Just a day before the beginning of Ramadan, the holy month of fast and prayer for Muslims, talks between meatplant workers, union representatives and company officials continued in earnest.
The objective: Avoid a repeat of the showdown at sundown that flared at JBS USA meatpacking plants in Greeley and Grand Island, Neb., last September.
During Ramadan, Muslims don't eat or drink during daylight hours. They break their daily fast after sunset prayers.
Miscommunication about how to handle the religious practices resulted in more than 100 Muslim workers — mostly Somalis, but also other East African refugees who've moved to Greeley in recent years — being fired last September for walking off production lines.
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