Union membership for Somali workers at companies such as Electrolux has helped bridge miscommunication and keep a growing segment of Central Minnesota’s immigrant population employed and involved in the community.

That was the message at a panel discussion Monday at St. Cloud State University that is part of a three-day conference focused on Minnesota immigrant workers and their families.

Two Somali union stewards from Electrolux and their business agent discussed how the union helped bridge communication gaps between Muslim workers and management.

That communication led to prayer breaks for workers and more flexibility in granting time off during Muslim religious holidays. (More)

 

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