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PRINCETON: School district renews food service contract amid company's wranglings with its union

The Princeton school board on Tuesday renewed its contract with the company that runs the district’s cafeterias, despite claims by the employees’ union that the company is “slashing” working conditions and benefits.

Burlington-based Nutri-Serve Food Management has been in labor negotiations with SEIU Local 32BJ, the union representing the roughly 20 cafeteria workers who are Nutri-Serve employees, since last summer. One sticking point in the talks is that employees want paid holidays, something that the company said this week that it would not provide.

Nutri-Serve president and founder Karen Maier said Wednesday that the employees can apply to collect unemployment for holidays when schools are closed. Overall, employees work 180 days per school year at an hourly rate that is higher than the federal or the state minimum wage. Ms. Maier said most earn more than $9 an hour.



He’s Good 'Company'
Justin Guarini is starring in a Sondheim classic at Bucks County Playhouse
   IT’S hard to believe it’s been 13 years since a fresh- faced Justin Guarini was battling it out with Kelly Clarkson in the finals of American Idol in the show’s debut season, but it was all the way back in 2002 when the singer first caught the attention of America.

   What a lot of people don’t know is that Mr. Guarini almost didn’t appear on the show, having been offered a role on Broadway in The Lion King.

   ”I was at a real crossroads back then. I could do my first Broadway show or do this TV show that no one ever heard of and go out to Hollywood and sing,” he says. “I had a week to decide and so I went out to California and kept advancing so I had to thank them for the opportunity and I stuck with the show.”


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