Professional Reliance

Over the last number of years, the PEA has conducted ongoing public awareness and media campaigns about professional reliance. We have lobbied Government and opposition politicians on a regular basis and have attempted to create solutions in collective bargaining with the Government. The commitment of the current Government to review professional reliance reflects those efforts, and it is the best opportunity that we have had to contribute towards solutions that will restore some measure of respect for PEA Government Licensed Professionals and the work you do for the Province of BC. 

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How Do I Get Involved?

Our success in impacting the professional reliance review outcomes will be determined in large measure by your willingness to get involved. There are a number of ways in which you can do this:

  • Provide us with your examples of how professional reliance has negatively impacted BCs environment, public health and safety or stewardship of natural resources. We have collected member stories in this regard over the years and these are always compelling in our discussions with politicians, the media and the public. We take care to ensure that these stories are anonymous and member’s identities are not disclosed to avoid any issues over the Standards of Conduct. Stories can be emailed to Scott McCannell at the PEA.
  • Fill out the Professional Reliance Review survey and make your views known.

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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