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 Avenue2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
Vancouver
777 Hornby Street2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 3:00 pm
750 West Broadway2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

3195 Granville Street

2Mon. 9:00 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
3540 West 41st Avenue2Mon. 8:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
4366 West 10th Avenue2Mon. 8:30 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
943 West Broadway2Mon. 9:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
1530 West 7th Avenue2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
888 West 8th Avenue2Mon. 8:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm

Burnaby

  

324 Gilmore Avenue

2Mon. 6:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
Coquitlam  
3001 Gordon Avenue2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
North Vancouver 
3650 Mount Seymour Parkway2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
1200 Lynn Valley Road North2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
West Vancouver  
575 16th Street2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

Richmond

  
6051 Gilbert Road2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Delta  
1077 56 Street2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
4515 Harvest Drive2 Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Surrey  
12080 Nordel Way2Mon. 6:00 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
17760 56 Avenue2 Mon. 6:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

White Rock

 
1656 Martin Drive2Mon. 6:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm

Sooke

  
1260-6660 Sooke Road2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Victoria  

4480 West Saanich Road                                

1Mon. 6:30 am to Mon. 4:30 pm
1900 Richmond Avenue1Mon. 7:00 am to Mon. 4:00 pm
1595 Mckenzie Avenue2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
1641 Hillside Avenue2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 5:30 pm
3749 Shelbourne Street2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
645 Fort Street2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 2:00 pm
1990 Fort Street2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
101 Burnside Road West1Tues. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
890 Esquimalt Road2Tues. 7:30 am to Wed. 1:00 pm
Duncan  
2763 Beverly Street2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Mill Bay  
2720 Mill Bay Road2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:30 pm
Sidney  
2475 Bevan Avenue2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Nanaimo  
87 Wallace Street2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 5:00 pm
650 South Terminal Avenue2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
2980 Island Highway North2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Campbell River 
277 Evergreen Rd2Mon. 7:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Port Alberni 
3949 Maple Way2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 3:30 pm
Courtenay 
1599 Cliffe Avenue2Mon. 7:30 am to Tues. 4:00 pm
Nelson 
806 Vernon Street2Mon. 8:00 am to Tues. 4:00 pm

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

With files from the CBC's Meera Bains