Oct 8 2011
Of course, this begs the question, why did they hire Somali Muslim asslifters in the first place? No businesses in the United States should ever hire Muslims unless they enjoyed being sued.
(Barack Hussein Obama is flooding the U.S. with Somali Muslim refugees, most of whom live off welfare)
Seattle Times (H/T Susan K) Rental car company Hertz indefinitely suspended 34 Somali Muslim shuttle drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for praying on company time, and the workers’ union is trying to put them back in the driver’s seat after what it calls a sudden policy change.
The drivers are required to clock out, under the terms of a settlement two years ago with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hertz spokesman Rich Broome said.
“We felt it was reasonable for our Muslim employees who need to pray a couple times during the workday to clock in and clock out,” Broome said. It’s not about pay — break time is paid time — but to ensure workers were staying within the 10-minute time slots, which has been a problem, he said. Muslim workers who clocked out were not suspended.
Employees told The Seattle Times it was a change in policy that Hertz began enforcing last week.
One suspended shuttle driver, Zainab Aweis, says she was not aware the rules had changed until she arrived at work Sept. 30 and managers told her and other women who were about to pray that several other employees had been sent home that day for praying.
“He said, ‘If you guys pray, you go home,'” Aweis recalled. “I said, ‘Is that a new rule?’ And he said, ‘Yes.'” The workers prayed anyway, she said, contending that managers stood over them taunting and disrupting them.
Teamsters Local 117, which represents the workers, is trying to get them back on the job and has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Hertz for failing to notify the union in advance of what it called a policy change.
The union represents nearly 80 Hertz drivers who earn between $9.15 and $9.95 an hour. They receive no health benefits, vacation or sick leave. About 70 percent of them are Muslims. Fundamentalist Muslims pray five times a day.
In the three years she’s worked as a shuttle driver for Hertz at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Zainab Aweis, had always taken time out of her shift each day to pray. A religious Muslim, she prays five times a day — with one, sometimes two of those prayer times falling during her shift. “That was the one benefit of the job,” the 20-year-old said.
While the drivers were allowed two, 10-minute breaks during their work shifts during which they could pray, Teamsters officials said managers had agreed in negotiations that workers would not have to clock out and in, though the contract itself does not address the matter.
But Hertz said the rules aren’t new; that it had been trying for some time to enforce the terms of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settlement it reached with the workers two years ago that required them to clock out. A Hertz spokesman said the workers had been repeatedly told they needed to clock out and that the 34 suspended workers had not complied.
Mohamed Hassan, of the Somali Community Services Coalition, said the workers cannot afford to be away from their jobs. “They need to pay rent and buy food for their children.” (Who cares? Go home)