LifeLabs and unionized workers reach three-year interim agreement – .

LifeLabs and unionized workers reach three-year interim agreement – .

LifeLabs announced in a brief press release on Sunday that they had reached a three-year interim agreement with BC General Employees’ Union, which represents approximately 1,500 of the company’s employees.

Details about the deal were not disclosed, but the company says it is happy with the outcome.

“We are delighted with the result and look forward to continuing our partnership with BCGEU,” the company said in its press release.

In a separate statement, the BCGEU said the tentative deal was reached in the early hours of Sunday and members have yet to vote on whether or not to accept the deal.

“From the 98% strike vote in July to the difficult decision to act this weekend, our LifeLab members have shown solidarity and willingness to fight for the deal they deserve,” said the BCGEU President, Stephanie Smith. “This solidarity has enabled members of our bargaining committee to make the progress at the table that we see now. “

The union said that until the vote on the tentative agreement is held, the overtime ban and the action for employment under the rules, which began on October 23, will be canceled.

LifeLabs is a privately held and popular medical testing service with over a dozen locations across South Vancouver Island and many residents rely on them for a variety of services including heart monitoring and testing. general blood.

Workers have been without contracts since April and last week the union issued a 72-hour strike notice on behalf of its members. A rally was also held outside a LifeLabs in Burnaby on Saturday, with workers planning to refuse voluntary overtime.

The labor dispute comes amid a nationwide labor shortage that has hit LifeLabs hard. The company temporarily closed two locations in Greater Victoria – their downtown Westshore location at 2945 Jacklin Rd. In Langford and their location on 1990 Fort St. in Oak Bay – earlier this month due to problems with staff.

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