Sharpsburg school workers win 'right' to eat expired food

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Unionized cafeteria workers in the Sharpsburg Area School District have won the right to eat expired food for free -- at their own risk.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a grievance against the school district last year after school officials "violated established past practice" by no longer allowing workers to eat the expired food for free.

Under the settlement approved by the school board last month, food items that are past their expiration date or reheated in a way that they can no longer be served to students may still be eaten for free by the cafeteria workers.

The workers must still pay for nonexpired items they eat a la carte.