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By JEAN ORTIZ


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Somali-American leader says 150 Muslims have lost their jobs at a Grand Island, Neb., meatpacking plant that has been embroiled in a prayer dispute.
Mohamed Rage (RAYZH) with the Omaha Somali-American Community Organization says 80 workers were thrown out after an altercation late Thursday. He says when they tried to return for their shift Friday, they were fired, along with 70 others.
Union president Dan Hoppes describes what happened differently. He says 60 to 80 people quit Thursday, although he didn't know what happened Friday.
Officials with JBS Swift and Co. didn't return repeated phone messages Friday from The Associated Press. The Muslim workers have been asking to be allowed to pray at sunset.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080919/D93A2D180.html
 
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