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Cafeteria Workers Win Old Food Dispute

SHARPSVILLE, Pa., (UPI) — A union representing cafeteria workers in a Pennsylvania school district won a victory in a dispute over being forced to pay for unsellable items they eat.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed the grievance in 2011 against the Sharpsville Area School District, alleging officials “violated established past practice” by forcing cafeteria workers to pay for food or drinks that safe food regulations do not allow them to sell to students, The (Sharon) Herald reported Monday.

The settlement, passed by a unanimous school board vote May 21, states workers can consume the items — which include expired and reheated food and drink items — for free.

The workers do so, however, at their own risk.

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