Tyson Contract Spotlights Religious Holiday Issues

Law360, New York (August 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A recently signed labor contract that allows employees of a Tyson Foods Inc. plant to substitute a Muslim holiday for Labor Day as a paid holiday has sparked debate over religious holidays. But though some experts say the issue may end up in court, others say that the specifics of the agreement leave little room for argument.

The new contract, reached between Tyson Foods and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union at the Tyson plant in Shelbyville, Tenn., stipulates that employees may substitute Eid al-Fitr,...
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