Cafeteria workers organize work stoppage in North Carolina school system


Food trays in a school cafeteria. (KOIN)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina’s largest school system said none of its students were hungry on Tuesday despite a work stoppage of school cafeteria workers demanding better pay and conditions of work.

Wake County public school system leaders on Wednesday warned parents that another illness could impact food services at other schools, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

Late Monday evening, the Wake County school system alerted families at 32 schools to bring their own lunch on Tuesday because the system could not guarantee meal service. But a tweet sent in the morning indicated that the school district was able to provide meals to any students who wanted one.

The school district provided packed lunches for students, according to Lisa Luten, a spokesperson for the school. Luten also said parents and local businesses and restaurants also brought food for the students on Tuesday.

The WCPSS warned Tuesday evening that 15 schools could be affected by staff shortages on Wednesday.

The stoppage comes as a 19% vacancy rate forces cafeteria workers to do more work than before. Two weeks ago, dozens of WCPSS school bus drivers called the sick over a three-day protest that disrupted bus service for many students.

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