Orleans Parish School Board approves $15 minimum wage for its cafeteria workers

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By Wilborn P. Nobles III

Women working full-time jobs in Louisiana make about 67 cents for every dollar made by a white man also employed full-time, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research study, called “The Status of Women in the States.” That figure worsens for black women, who make only 47 cents for every dollar made by white men.

Speaking at last Thursday’s board meeting, food service worker Pamela Bourgeois said she proudly identifies as a “cafeteria lady.” She encouraged the OPSB to take a leadership role and support the people, many of whom are women, who work hard to run school kitchens citywide.

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