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Plant reinstates Labor Day, adds Eid al-Fitr

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Union workers and officials at the Tyson Foods plant in Shelbyville have agreed to reinstate Labor Day as a paid holiday, but the plant will also observe Eid al-Fitr this year.

Tyson had previously agreed to drop Labor Day and substitute the Muslim holiday as part of a new 5-year contract. The change was meant to accommodate Muslim workers at the plant.

A news release on Friday from Tyson's corporate headquarters in Springdale, Ark., said the company requested reinstating Labor Day after some employees complained.

Both the company and the union say there will be nine paid holidays in 2009, including both Labor Day and Eid al-Fitr.

For the remainder of the five-year contract, there will be eight paid holidays, including Labor Day and a personal holiday that can be used to observe Eid al-Fitr or another day the employee's supervisor approves.

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