Cafeteria workers set to strike for equal pay in Pawtucket

Varieur Elementary School in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Cafeteria workers at the school district in Pawtucket could strike for one day this coming Friday, September 23 if they don’t come to an agreement on pay with the contractor that employs them.

The cafeteria workers said Monday they are highlighting how women are not receiving equal pay as men. Their 81 workers are paid only 76 cents for every dollar paid to a male doing comparable work, they said, by Aramark Educational Services, who has the contract to provide school lunches in Pawtucket. On September 8, the employees’ union voted unanimously to strike.

Eyewitness News contacted officials at the Pawtucket School District headquarters, but as of 1:00 p.m. Monday they had not responded to requests for comment.

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