March for Science 2017

We are asking members to join the PEA and march in support of science and Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The PEA will be marching in Victoria. Please note that it appears the Prince George March for Science will not be proceeding. 

The goals of the march, which is organized by an international movement of scientists, are as follows:

  • To stand up for academic freedom and the right of all scientist to communicate results freely.
  • To support science and evidence-based politics and policy making.
  • To demand that public support for research is based on scientific merit, not political agenda.
  • To protect the right of every person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science.

Victoria March

  • When: Saturday April 22, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Where: Centennial Square with the march to Legislature
  • Instructions: PEA members will gather at 2:00 pm sharp at Centennial square (members can look for PEA flags). Members will be given the option to wear white lab coats and carry signs, which will be provided by PEA staff. The PEA will also have buttons and pledge cards to distribute to the public. 

Having a large PEA presence will help demonstrate to the public and politicians in BC that science-based policies are important. Please email us if you are willing to attend the Victoria march on April 22.

Date/Time Details

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 to Saturday, April 22, 2017

Start Time: 2:00 pm (ends: 4:00 pm on the 22nd)

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of ten chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 43 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2017 issue includes a profile of UVic member Sheryl Karras, a review of the BCFED young workers' camp, a review of the year and an article on Change Day 2017.

Read the December 2017 issue



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