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YES! Electrolux Factory Changes Mind

NOW "OK" to Break Fast at Work

ST. Paul, MN - (update Aug. 19th - Ramadan 9, 1431) CAIR (Council on Arab Islamic Relations) has visited the company (Electrolux) to assure Muslim workers they would be allowed to break their fasts each day of the month of Ramadan (fasting in Islam).
Previously the Swedish company had denied any food or drink in the production area.
But now, it seems all is well and Muslims are going to get a "break" just after the sun goes down.

Special thaks to the people at Electorlux and C.A.I.R. and to all of our brothers and sisters who took the time to write letters and emails to the company.
Maashallah - see the difference and the victory coming to us when we follow true Islam and act responsibly all together?
Al Hamdulillah.

Here's an update article and the original article is attached
Electrolux eases policy for Muslims

ST. CLOUD — Freezer maker Electrolux said it will accommodate Muslim employees during Ramadan, the upcoming monthlong religious holiday.

The St. Cloud Times reported that a company policy instituted a policy in January that barred workers from eating on the factory floor as a safety measure.

The problem was that its Muslim employees asked to be allowed to break their dawn-to-dusk fast — a key part of Ramadan observance — on the production floor.

Electrolux union leader Jim Kiser said the company will move the second-shift break time so employees can eat at sundown during Ramadan, which starts Aug. 10.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations this week called on the appliance maker to make changes for about 200 Muslim workers on the second shift.

---- (original article - below) ----

That's right, Muslims are being asked to contact these guys in Sweden and ask them to give Muslims their rights to food to break their fast in Ramadan.

(ST. PAUL, MN, 7/21/10) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relation's Minnesota chapter (CAIR-MN) today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact Swedish appliance manufacturer Electrolux to ask that the company grant legally-mandated religious accommodation to Muslim employees at its St. Cloud, Minn., plant during the upcoming Ramadan fast.

Earlier this year, Electrolux adopted a new policy that prohibits all food on the production floor. Since that policy was put in place, Muslim employees, their union representatives and CAIR-MN have worked to seek an exception to allow the workers to bring a snack onto the production floor to break their fast at sunset during the month of Ramadan.

All requests for religious accommodation have been ignored by Electrolux officials, despite the fact that the majority of the more than 300 employees who work the evening shift are Muslims.

“It is disappointing that Electrolux is ignoring its legal obligation to provide reasonable religious accommodation to its employees,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam. “We believe this issue can be resolved once Electrolux engages with its Muslim workers to devise a solution that meets the legitimate needs and requirements of all parties.”

More? Whole story on C.A.I.R. website ->

Contact Electorlux website (tell them what you think):
Here's a suggested sample letter to them:
(be nice)
Dear Sirs:
Could you please reconsider your policy = "Not to allow your workers to break their fast in Ramadan"?
It might be in the best interest of public relations to even offer them a few moments to eat and give thanks.
Who knows? You might even find more production from showing you really care about your workers.
May God guide you to what is best, ameen.
P.S. I read about this on C.A.I.R. website and www.IslamNewsroom.com

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#6 Scott 2010-08-26 05:44
Could you imagine if a Jewish worker asked for the same consideration during one of their holidays?

This is just ridiculous.
#5 mohammad 2010-08-03 12:06
It is always the question along with such issues appearing in france, sweden, or denmark :
why do they apport human rihgts and still see themselves humane ? why is this paradox !
#4 teguh abu abdurrahman 2010-07-30 15:08
Dear Sir.
I do believe that your country respects democracy with all its principles, and as an Indonesia Moslem, I do so. And according to democracy principle, it is important to respect and honour another people believe and values. So. just be consistent on it. We Moslem do not wanted to be over estimated, just do for what we should have. And it doesn't take a cost :-)
#3 Mariam 2010-07-27 13:17
Well. If all the muslims working there quit because they HAVE to break their fast, then the company would quickly go out of business. No employees=no products=no business. Besides, what's more important? Allah, or money?
#2 Yasmin Khalif 2010-07-26 04:45
Dear sir: I respect all policies but not when it denies muslim the right to break the fast. I would kindly ask you to reconsider changing and or adapting it so that muslims can break their fast. these are people who have been fasting the whole day for the sake of god so you denying them the right to break their fast seem unfair. Ramadan only comes around once a year i ask you show mercy and be as compassionate as we all know you are capable of and look in your hearts and make the changes that seem fair regarding this policy__thank you in advance for your consideration and hearing me out__kind regards,__yasmi n khalif__
#1 Saeed 2010-07-25 07:32
Dear Muslim fellows employed by Electrolux, Please be patient

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