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MIT Agrees To Pay Food Service Workers Through May 22

MIT has agreed to extend the pay for dining hall workers who have been sidelined because of the coronavirus through May 22, a small victory for some of the lowest-wage employees on college campuses.

MIT announced this week that it had reached a deal with the union representing 225 dining hall workers and the university’s food service vendors, Bon Appetit and Restaurant Associates. MIT agreed to provide funding for the workers, who were slated to be laid off, after the university sent students home to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus has forced colleges and universities to scale back their operations and threatened to blow up their budgets. Many lower-wage employees, especially those who aren’t directly employed by the institutions, have borne the price.

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