While collective bargaining was dealt a major blow in Wisconsin's recent recall election, some unions are still out there fighting for small victories. And Pennsylvania cafeteria workers may have achieved the smallest victory of all.

Unionized cafeteria workers in Sharpsville, Pa. successfully lobbied their school board for the right to eat expired food for free. While it may seem like nothing to you and me, Stephen Colbert knows better. Give unions an inch (or less) and they'll take a mile. After all, big things have small beginnings.

So to warn the nation of the terrible precedent the victory sets, Colbert made it the subject of this week's "The Word." Check out the clip above.

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