Laboratory workers represented by the Health Sciences Association of Alberta have overwhelmingly ratified a collective agreement with Dynalife.
Nearly 85 per cent of the 1,200 workers voted for the offer from Dynalife, a private company that provides medical laboratory testing services.
The agreement includes wage increases for each of the contract’s three years. Lab workers will get a four per cent wage increase in each of the first and second years and another increase to be determined in the third year.
The agreement also includes:
Retroactive wage increases to April 1, 2009;
Pay increments for all employees after six years;
Employer RSP contributions increase to three per cent;
$1,000 payment for all regular employees pro-rated as full-time employees;
Overtime rates set at 1.5 times the regular pay for first hour and two times regular pay for any hours thereafter;
A tentative agreement had been reached on Sept. 15, which workers have been voting on by mail. Negotiations began in January 2009.
On Aug. 10, the HSAA served Dynalife with 72-hour strike notice.