B.C.'s unionized LifeLabs staff and medical laboratory workers are going on strike Monday after mediated contract talks broke down over the weekend.

More than 700 members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union are set to take part in the strike, which will affect patient lab-service centres in Metro Vancouver, Sechelt, Nelson, and on Vancouver Island.

The BCGEU posted a detailed schedule of the 40 labs that will be closed either part of, or all of Monday and Tuesday. One lab in Victoria will also be closed Wednesday.

BCGEU president Darryl Walker said wages and a push for workers to fund their own long-term disability benefits are two of the main issues that were being negotiated at the Labour Relations Board on Saturday, before talks broke down.

"It's just not acceptable. We're already three per cent behind what folks doing the same work for BC Biomedical are making, so we're simply trying to catch up and maintain cost of living as we go forward," he said.

The BCGEU notes on the online strike announcement that, last week, LifeLabs announced its intention to purchase BC Biomedical Laboratories. The purchase price would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, it said.

Location

# Days

Hours closed

Sechelt    
5531 Inlet Avenue 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
Vancouver
777 Hornby Street 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 3:00 pm
750 West Broadway 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

3195 Granville Street

2 Mon. 9:00 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
3540 West 41st Avenue 2 Mon. 8:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
4366 West 10th Avenue 2 Mon. 8:30 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
943 West Broadway 2 Mon. 9:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
1530 West 7th Avenue 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
888 West 8th Avenue 2 Mon. 8:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm

Burnaby

   

324 Gilmore Avenue

2 Mon. 6:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
Coquitlam   
3001 Gordon Avenue 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
North Vancouver  
3650 Mount Seymour Parkway 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
1200 Lynn Valley Road North 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
West Vancouver   
575 16th Street 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

Richmond

   
6051 Gilbert Road 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Delta    
1077 56 Street 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
4515 Harvest Drive 2  Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Surrey    
12080 Nordel Way 2 Mon. 6:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
17760 56 Avenue 2  Mon. 6:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

White Rock

 
1656 Martin Drive 2 Mon. 6:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

Sooke

   
1260-6660 Sooke Road 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Victoria    

4480 West Saanich Road                                

1 Mon. 6:30 am to Mon. 4:30 pm
1900 Richmond Avenue 1 Mon. 7:00 am to Mon. 4:00 pm
1595 Mckenzie Avenue 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
1641 Hillside Avenue 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 5:30 pm
3749 Shelbourne Street 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
645 Fort Street 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 2:00 pm
1990 Fort Street 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
101 Burnside Road West 1 Tues. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
890 Esquimalt Road 2 Tues. 7:30 am to Wed. 1:00 pm
Duncan    
2763 Beverly Street 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Mill Bay    
2720 Mill Bay Road 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
Sidney    
2475 Bevan Avenue 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Nanaimo    
87 Wallace Street 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
650 South Terminal Avenue 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
2980 Island Highway North 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Campbell River  
277 Evergreen Rd 2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Port Alberni  
3949 Maple Way 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
Courtenay  
1599 Cliffe Avenue 2 Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Nelson  
806 Vernon Street 2 Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm

Source: BCGEU website 'Bargaining Update' (Jan. 20, 2013)

With files from the CBC's Meera Bains