SHARPSVILLE, Pa. — Unionized cafeteria workers in one western Pennsylvania school district have won the right to eat expired food for free – at their own risk.

The Herald of Sharon, Pa., reports Monday ( ) that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a grievance against the Sharpsville Area School District last year after school officials "violated established past practice" by no longer allowing workers to eat the expired food for free. http://bit.ly/LDdM6d

The newspaper got a copy of a settlement approved by the school board last month.

Under the agreement, 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.

Workers must pay for unexpired food they eat.

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Information from: The Herald, http://www.sharon-herald.com