FMEP — Family Maintenance Enforcement Program

The Family Maintenance Enforcement Program unit comprises lawyers employed in the BC Attorney-General's Family Maintenance Enforcement Program.

PEA members are employed by Themis Program Management and Consulting Ltd., a private company contracted to deliver the FMEP mandate.

Working out of offices in Burnaby, Kamloops and Victoria, PEA members provide legal services to British Columbians seeking spouses' compliance with child and spousal support orders.

At Your Fingertips

Need Help?

Your Labour Relations Officer is:
Rhiannon Bray, 250-385-8791 ext 204

Your Local Rep is:
Jennifer Anderson, 604-678-5733

Your Collective Agreement

FMEP Collective Agreement

FMEP Executive

Chair: Brent Hird

Vice-Chair: Richard Benwell

Secretary-Treasurer: Jennifer Anderson


Friday, October 26, 2018

We have been continuing to seek information updates about FMEP service delivery from Chris Beresford, Executive Director, Maintenance, Enforcement and Locate services.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Please be advised the FMEP’s application for the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) was accepted on September 22. The employer will provide more information to members including process for employee paperwork as soon as it becomes available.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Please be advised that the employer has agreed to pay the full $1000.00 signing bonus to all members of the bargaining unit. The signing bonus is NOT prorated for members who work less than 1.0 FTE. If you received a prorated amount please expect to be in receipt of the remainder of the monies owed to you.

Previous message on signing bonus from April 13, 2015

FMEP Constitution

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 nine 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 45 Issue 1

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The January/February 2019 issue includes a profile of SMS member Bev Waterfield

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