It also has a link to a news story.A letter from Dan Ariens:
I understand that the headline and story featured on WBAY appears to be alarming news about Ariens Company. It is alarming to me as well. Unfortunately this headline does not tell our story very well. As many of you know, my family has operated manufacturing businesses in Northeast Wisconsin for more than 80 years. You also may know that we have only been successful by operating under a set of Core Values. We will: Be Honest, Be Fair, Keep our Commitments, Respect the Individual and Encourage Intellectual Curiosity. We work very hard as a team to accommodate all employees with our vision of Passionate People who Astound our Customers. In our manufacturing plants we work as a team to build the best power equipment product. Like any accommodation, we put a considerable amount of time into finding a solution that would work for both the employees and the company. Our staff is committed to providing a great place to work for all employees and have met with members of our Somalian employee group to better understand their needs. We consulted with local representatives who are of Muslim faith to help provide sustainable solutions. We want to be clear that no one was terminated here. We are asking employees to use two scheduled breaks for religious observation, and are offering designated prayer rooms. Additionally, we are also offering to look for positions on other shifts that might better accommodate prayer obligations. This change affected 53 employees. More than ten of the employees have contacted Ariens Company to say they will return to work under the new policy. And we welcome their return. We continue to be open to any of the employees returning to work under the new policy and I have sent a letter to each of them re-stating that offer. Let me be clear: we respect their faith, we respect the work they have done at Ariens, and we respect their decision regardless of their choice to return to work or not. Headlines do not make a story. If you want more details, please let me know.
Here is a good article on this issue:
Ariens Co. defends prayer policy for Muslim employees | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WLUK
We took religion out of schools to be politically correct and not offend other cultures. But a company that has a set a rules that agreed upon has to bend the rules for praying time. People need to wake up the laws, rules,company policy etc are for everyone not just certain people. In certain country's there allowed to stone people in the street does this mean because it allowed there it should be allowed in North America? Where does it stop?? Ariens is right to follow there rules here in my opinion
HCBPH: No one is talking about religion in this thread. The discussion is about labor law and traditional US workplace culture.Religion is a touchy subject and not appropriate for this forum and inappropriate comments will be dealt with. We need to respect every persons beliefs along with every company's right to conduct business. We are not in a position to make the rules or laws, that's up to the legal system.
If it gets out of hand you may find this thread locked or deleted so keep it friendly.
We are Americans and we are in the position to make our rules and laws. We fought a revolution for that right. Let's maintain it.We are not in a position to make the rules or laws, that's up to the legal system.