SEIU, Muslims join forces to pressure Seattle security company, purportedly over prayer breaks

SEIU, Muslims join forces to pressure Seattle security company, purportedly over prayer breaks

[Ed. – Sounds like the real issue here is that SEIU won’t stop until they’ve forced the company’s workers to unionize.  The few Muslims willing to march with them against one of the company’s biggest accounts — other Muslims say there are no problems at all taking prayer breaks at Amazon — are basically being used.]

The Service Employees International Union and three Muslim guards who work for Security Industry Specialists, the security contractor Amazon uses to guard its facility, accuse SIS, and by implication Amazon, of refusing to allow the guards space to pray five times daily, even though members of other religions are granted the privilege of using prayer rooms. …

The May 1 rally won’t be the first time SEIU and former SIS guards who are Muslim have knocked at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ front door.

“There’s been issues regarding religious prayers, [with some not being] given a space to practice,” Ismahan Ismail, a security specialist at Amazon, told the South Seattle Emerald. “When I did speak up, I was actually retaliated against. I had someone step on my prayer items.” [Which sounds suspicious, since such allegations rarely if ever pan out. – Ed]

“I want to set the record straight,” Usama Baioumy said. “Amazon provided us with a prayer room. … I pray in the room here. Amazon helped us by providing prayer rooms across the building.”

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