Lab workers ratify pact with Dynalife

Laboratory workers represented by the Health Sciences Association of Alberta have overwhelmingly ratified a collective agreement with Dynalife.

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.

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