900 medical lab workers reach tentative contract deal with Dynalife

EDMONTON — A tentative deal has been reached between 900 Alberta medical lab workers and their employer.

EDMONTON — A tentative deal has been reached between 900 Alberta medical lab workers and their employer.

The proposed collective bargaining agreement between the Health Sciences Association of Alberta and Dynalife Diagnostic Laboratory Services still must be approved by the rank and file workers, but both sides are backing it.

If approved, the deal will prevent a strike or lockout that would impact medical testing in Edmonton and northern Alberta.

The workers were set to hit the picket line a month ago before the province brought in a negotiator to help the two sides find a solution.

No details of the deal have been released, but the union has said it was looking for a significant wage hike and a pension plan.

Dynalife had previously said it was offering a wage and benefits increase amounting to 20 per cent in the first two years of a contract.