May 16, 2020

US manufacturing plant angers Muslim employees by removing prayer breaks

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Nell Walker
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Ariens manufacturing plant angers Muslim employees by removing prayer breaks
Ariens Company power plant in Wisconsin, US, has come under fire for changing its rules to disallow prayer breaks during shifts for Muslim employees.

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Ariens Company power plant in Wisconsin, US, has come under fire for changing its rules to disallow prayer breaks during shifts for Muslim employees.

The American company previously allowed Muslims to take two prayer breaks per shift, but now they are only able to do so during their lunch break. This new rule affects 53 members of staff at Ariens, only 10 of whom plan to stay. The other 43 have left or are planning to leave.

The employees’ concern stems from the fact that their faith does not allow them to pray at any time of day, but at specific times during which they require peace to practice their religion.

The Council on American-Islamic relations has asked Ariens to allow staff their former prayer times until the dispute is resolved.

A spokesperson from Ariens told WBAY: “We are asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks in designated prayer rooms. Our manufacturing environment does not allow for unscheduled breaks in production. An employer does not have to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices if doing so would cause undue hardship to the employer.”

However, workers are dissatisfied with this statement. They have claimed that the company simply handed them notice papers when they explained that they cannot pray during their meal time, and one man, Adan Hurr, said: “I have been 35 years in America and I’ve never heard of a company that is not allowing its employees to pray. It is absolutely discrimination. Allow me to pray so that I can go back to work and do what I love to do, which is working for Ariens.”

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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