School Board Oks $15 Minimum Wage For Food Service Workers


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board has approved a $15 minimum wage for its food service workers. Times-Picayune reports the Orleans Parish School Board voted last week to ensure a minimum wage of $15 per hour for food service workers for the 2019 fiscal year. The raise affects 66 workers serving 14 schools at 15 different campuses.

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In June, the school board voted to increase the base salaries of its staff by 5 percent for the 2019 fiscal year. However, a news release from a Latino parent advocacy group says the district's food service workers would still make roughly $11 an hour with that increase.

Ben Kleban, who represents OPSB District 5, says he hopes the next budget will provide a living wage for every person paid by the school board.

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