With a Nov. 21 strike deadline quickly approaching, children’s mental health workers in Sudbury and area represented by OPSEU Local 666 held a rally on November 17 to back their demands for job security, improved hours of work, better recognition rights and improved wages. Nickel Belt MPP, France Gelinas, attended the rally and spoke about the urgent need for improved funding for this sector. Parents and children also attended in support of workers who provide their mental health services. The Local thanks other sister unions and the Sudbury Labour Council for their presence and support at the rally. Members of Local 666 have been in negotiations since May, 2011. On November 2 talks broke down in conciliation. Members will be in a strike/ lockout position on November 21. Today the bargaining team is in mediation with the employer.