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(Truro) Plans by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board to sell off the remainder of its cafeteria operations may be meeting some stiff opposition.

The union representing some 400 full-time and part-time school board workers at the Chignecto Board is about to launch a public information campaign, designed to convince taxpayers, parents and Board members that the plan has major flaws.

CUPE Local 3890 says while the plan to sell off cafeterias in 16 Colchester-East Hants schools is not scheduled to take place until the end of this school year, its going to take some time and effort to put the brakes on it.

Local 3890 President Henk Admiraal says, Ironically, now that the cafeterias are making money for the first time in a long time, the Board says it wants to sell them off to the private sector.

This makes no sense, both from an economic standpoint but also from a public policy standpoint, says Admiraal.

We do not believe that school services should be sold off to the lowest bidder. We also think we will get strong public support on this issue, adds the CUPE president.

CUPE will be launching the campaign, under the slogan, Our school cafeterias Not for Sale! over the coming weeks.

Theyll also be lobbying Board members and area politicians as part of the campaign. The union also plans to make a detailed presentation to the Board some time in November or December.

For information:
Henk Admiraal, President, CUPE Local 3890
(902) 662-3895 (h)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)