VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2013) - LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services ('LifeLabs') and the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (the 'BCGEU') have reached a tentative collective agreement. The three-year proposed agreement covers over 700 LifeLabs employees working across British Columbia. Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
- Three year term for the collective agreement from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014.
- One-time lump sum payment equal to two percent, payable upon ratification of the collective agreement.
- One percent increase effective January 1, 2013.
- One percent increase effective July 1, 2013.
- Two percent increase effective July 1, 2014.
"I am very pleased that LifeLabs and the BCGEU were able to work out a fair collective agreement for our employees," said Sue Paish, President and CEO of LifeLabs. "We are all delighted to return to uninterrupted laboratory services for patients and health care providers throughout the province."
Effective immediately, all LifeLabs operations including patient service centres, labs and outreach service resident homes and senior care facilities in B.C. return to normal hours of service. For a list of our patient service centre locations and hours of operation, please refer to our webpage at http://www.lifelabs.com/Lifelabs_BC/ or call 1-800-431-7206.
LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services (LifeLabs) provides laboratory testing services, which help physicians and other healthcare professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease in patients. LifeLabs employs more than 3,000 professionally trained staff who delivers more than 50 million laboratory tests annually to over 10 million patients and nearly 20,000 physician customers. LifeLabs has operated in Canada for nearly 50 years. Today it is owned by Borealis, a global leader in infrastructure investing, with assets in energy, transportation and infrastructure buildings, including long-term care facilities and hospitals, pipelines and telecommunications. For information, visit www.lifelabs.com.