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In Nova Scotia, CUPE has warned parents in the Truro area that plans to privatize school cafeterias at 16 schools will mean many of these cafeterias will close.

The Chignecto Central regional school board is charging ahead with a plan to get out of the cafeteria business. School principals have been given until the end of the month to choose between handing over cafeteria operations to a private company, or setting up non-profit societies to run the cafeterias.

But CUPE Local 3890, which represents some 540 school board employees, says if they privatize, the locations that are currently making money will get scooped up by a private company and the ones that arent making money will simply be shut down.

The local has launched a campaign under the slogan, School Cafeterias On the Chopping Block! Its designed to let the public know about the sell-off and which members of the board are pushing it the hardest.

Local president Henk Admiraal says, The public needs to know that elected school board members have decided to simply wash their hands of a vital school service. We dont see cafeterias as a frill. Theyre a crucial part of any school.