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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
You don't provide much in the way of substantiation for your claim, but I doubt that Lufkin Industries shuts down twice per year just so the employees can get a vacation and a Christmas break.
I think this happens quite a lot in the the oil and construction industries and, perhaps in others, as well.
Whether or not it's ethical would depend on more factors than you provide and I'd bet that the Texas Employment Security would have taken action if it were illegal.
Then about 3-5 weeks later by some miracle they always get work