GLP: Know Your Contract

Some issues are more critical that others when it comes to understanding your Collective Agreement and your rights under that Agreement.

We have collected — and are presenting here — information on these key issues, with a particular focus on navigating the processes involved in these issues.

Classification Review & Appeal

What avenues are available to government licensed professionals who feel that their job classification is inadequate for their responsibilities and job functions?

Article 33.02 of the GLP Master Agreement provides a means for pursuing classification complaints, and having them resolved by a third party if disputes cannot be sorted out with the employer. The classification appeal procedure set out in the master agreement is available to all GLPs — LSOs and others alike. What are the factors members need to consider before initiating a classification appeal?


Staffing Decision Review

The Public Service Act provides that in-service candidates who are unsuccessful in a public service competition may request a review of the staffing decision.

The prescribed procedure is set out in the Act and the Review of Staffing Decisions Regulation. PEA staff are available to advise and assist members with the review process.


Modified Work Schedules

Work schedules are a matter to be worked out between local management and the professionals employed in a work unit — not unilaterally by the employer.

What this means is that PEA members have an established right to make representations on their work schedules, to have management take them seriously, and to expect that the outcome will be determined mutually and consensually.


The Hayward Award

The PEA successfully grieved a decision by the Ministry of Forests and Range to designate Practices Foresters in BCTS as “field status” rather than “stationary status.” The full decision of Arbitrator Munroe is available here. Additionally, in April 2007, Arbitrator Munroe issued a supplementary award regarding the Hayter award. The full decision of the supplementary award is also available here.

Hayter Decision

Hayter Supplementary Award

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 2

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

The April-May 2019 issue includes a profile of GLP members Mark and Eric Scott

Read the April-May 2019 issue



The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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