Colorado-Boulder student government favors free shift meals

SGA president working with administration to get perk for University Memorial Center employees

July 30—The new University of Colorado Student Government president says that she is working with the university's administration to alter a policy so that food-service workers in the student center no longer pay for their shift meals, mirroring a change that is forthcoming in campus dining halls.

"We're definitely on board," said Brittni Hernandez, student body president.

CU's student government oversees the University Memorial Center, which runs Baby Doe's Coffee and Bakery and the Alferd Packer Grill. The UMC employs 40 full-time employees in its dining services operation, said Andrea Zelinko, assistant director for administration at the UMC. Those employees are now charged $3 for a shift meal every day that they work -- even if they bring their own lunches -- and the amount is automatically deducted from their paychecks.

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