Vancouver/Fraser Valley (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The British Columbia Government Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), which represents some of LifeLabs’ front-line employees in BC, has served a 72-hour strike notice.
LifeLabs has been negotiating with the BCGEU since April 2021 to secure a new collective agreement.
Lifelabs perform lab work throughout the Fraser Valley.
From their media release:
We have delivered multiple, competitive offers to the BCGEU and reached agreement on several specific proposals – including key monetary proposals. However, after the BCGEU rejected our latest offer, we agreed that we have reached an impasse in bargaining.
LifeLabs has been designated an Essential Service by the BC Labour Relations Board. We have worked with the BCGEU and the Board to determine the essential service levels that we will maintain in order to provide vital outpatient laboratory testing for our patients.
Most LifeLabs patient service centres will remain open, and laboratories will continue to function as usual. However, some patient service centres will be closed on a rotating basis as a result of the job action starting on Monday, October 25. Patients with appointments that need to be rescheduled will be notified directly by LifeLabs. We ask that patients visit https://locations.lifelabs.com/ for complete details on impacted locations and hours of operation.
We are committed to taking all steps possible to minimize disruption to patients and health care providers. We want to thank you for your patience at this time.