Tentative agreement ends forced labor at LifeLabs – BC News – .

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Tentative agreement ends forced labor at LifeLabs – BC News – .


An agreement has been reached to end the work action that began Saturday at LifeLabs.

The union announced that members of the BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU) working at LifeLabs reached a tentative agreement with their employer in the early hours of Sunday, October 24.

The deal will be presented to members on Monday and they will then vote on whether or not to accept the deal.

Until the vote, the overtime ban and the union’s strike-of-zeal campaign will be quashed.

There was a rally outside the Burnaby Reference Lab on Saturday to show support for lab workers.

LifeLabs is the largest private health laboratory company in the province, with 94 facilities in British Columbia

The BCGEU represents approximately 1,550 workers, including medical laboratory technologists, laboratory technical assistants, customer information specialists, couriers and clinical technical assistants.

Workers have been without a contract since April, and the union says wages are the main issue, although LifeLabs said on its website that an agreement was reached on key monetary arrangements before action was launched for the use.

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