HSP News

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The PEA made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for Budget 2021. Our focus was on recruitment and retention challenges.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Monday, May 11, 2020

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Earlier this week, the HSPBA announced a $5mn fund negotiated with the BC Ministry of Health to recognize the contributions of health science professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, April 27, 2020

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Dear HSP members,

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The “working short” premium, negotiated for nurses in the last round of bargaining, has been reworked in a deal between the BC Nurses' Union and the employer to pay nurses a premium during the COVI

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020

Updated March 23, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear HSP members,

Thank you all for the important work you are doing on behalf your communities. Our members' safety is of utmost importance during this provincial health emergency.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear HSP members,

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The PEA HSP Annual General Meeting will be held via teleconference this year on November 6, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Health science professionals working in hospitals and communities throughout the province have voted to accept a new collective agreement that recognizes the value of health science professionals o

Monday, January 21, 2019

Unfortunately, our Chapter Treasurer and Member-at-Large have recently resigned their positions. The Chapter Executive is hoping to fill these vacancies.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dear HSP Pharmacists, 

There are two upcoming education opportunities. Come out and join other PEA HSP Pharmacists for these PEA supported Education Sessions.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The wage grid effective the first pay period after February 1, 2019, is now available to download


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 46 Issue 1

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

The August-September 2020 issue includes a look into Animal Care Services at UVic.

Read the August-September 2020 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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