Union members picketing Lifelabs location in Courtenay, elsewhere



BCGEU members are picketing the Lifelabs’ Patient Service Centre in the Comox Valley on Monday and Tuesday this week.

BCGEU members are picketing the Lifelabs’ Patient Service Centre in the Comox Valley on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Employees, members of the BC Government Employees’ Union, are picketing the  location in the Courtenay Crossing (Safeway) Mall on Monday from 7:30 a.m. to Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Similar rotating action is being taken around the province by employees of the company, which provides laboratory services for B.C. doctors.

Job action comes following the failure of day-long mediated talks at the Labour Relations Board on Saturday, the BCGEU said sunday in a news release. The main issues are wages and the employer’s demand that union members accept concessions, the BCGEU added.

Union communications officer Karen Tankard provided the following information:

• The BCGEU has 706 members working at LifeLabs throughout B.C.

• The last contract expired Dec. 31, 2011.

• Bargaining began May 22, 2012 and continued in June, July, September and October.

• BCGEU members voted 98.5 per cent in favour of job action in November 2012.

• Mediated talks on Nov. 27, 2012 and Jan. 19, 2013 produced no resolution.

Just Posted

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa wins prestigious award

The annual Tourism Vancouver Island Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held… Continue reading

Workplace weed: what is allowed with cannabis legalization

Can you smoke a joint and then go to work starting Wednesday?… Continue reading

Mount Washington maintains smoke-free policy in light of marijuana legalization

The policy bans all smoking, including cigarettes, vaporizers and marijuana

Printmakers association and fair in Cumberland

The Comox Valley Printmakers Association is holding a members’ exhibition and print… Continue reading

Cumberland mayoral debate announced prematurely; Leslie Baird declines invitation

Eduardo Uranga hoped to hold the debate Wednesday evening

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Comox Valley RCMP briefs and warrants

Drug Trafficking On Oct. 3, 2018, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Comox… Continue reading

Visit the living library at the Cumberland museum

Herstory features Leslie Baird, Oct. 25

Most Read