They serve meals on Toronto campuses, but can they afford meat for their families?

They deal with hundreds of customers a day, and are expected to smile.

Until now. Food servers at York University and University of Toronto Scarborough are on strike.

Most of the 220 people represented by UNITE Here, Local 75 on York’s Downsview campus, and 60 at UTSC, get $11.50 to $12.21.

Growing fast and planning big things, York and UTSC say they’re “anchor institutions” committed to raising up the communities around them. That’s a lie if full-time employees on those campuses don’t make a living wage.