Part-time cafeteria workers and their families will get full health benefits in Los Angeles Unified, but the school board doesn’t know where the money will come from. Last week, the board voted to extend the schedule of cafeteria workers from three hours a day to four, so they’ll qualify for benefits, reports the LA Times.
The school district puts the annual new cost at $35.5 million; the union estimate is about $28 million. Either way, the district has identified no money to pay for the benefits.
Several new board members, elected with union contributions, pushed the measure.
The union campaign for health benefits suggested that lengthening servers’ hours will give students more time to eat.
. . . the union’s campaign talked foremost about students such as Josh Ruiz, 16, a junior at Venice High. When the lunch bell rings he must dash into line, he said, or choose between having five minutes to eat or being late to class.
But the board didn’t extend lunch periods.
In an LA Times op-ed, a parent complains that the cost of benefits will cut the funding available to pay for food from 85 cents per meal to 49 cents per meal. LA schools already have dropped fresh fruit. Too pricey.