HSP News

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is pleased to announce a new $3-million professional development fund aimed at supporting members of the health care team to undertak

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Many PEA chapters are already beginning to prepare for bargaining under the next Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) mandate.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Pension Corporation has now launched an illustrator for the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) that allows PSPP members

Thursday, November 9, 2017

HSP members will receive a 0.4 per cent wage increase in 2018 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your collective agreement. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The HSPBA/HEABC Recruitment and Retention Committee last reported that it had submitted its Report and Recommendations concerning the sonographer shortage to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Pu

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Over the past few months, we have been talking with our HSP members through phone calls and meetings. Thank you for speaking with PEA staff and leaders. We heard many of your concerns and we are working with you to take action.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Municipal Pension Plan is reporting a surplus. It’s largely a result of higher than expected investment returns. That’s good news for ORL and HSP members covered by the plan.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Members will receive a 0.35% wage increase in 2017 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your most recent collective agreement.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

As you may recall, the PEA met with opposition spokespersons for health and mental health in July and had a similar meeting earlier this fall with senior representative from the Ministry of Health.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Public Service Pension Plan Web Teleconference - June 2

Some of our HSP members who were previously transferred from the public service continue to participate in the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP).

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Municipal Pension Board of Trustees (board) has decided to change group benefits for retired members effective January 1, 2017. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dear HSP psychologist,

Part of our commitment to you during the union representation vote was to listen to your concerns. 

We heard from many members during one-on-one conversations in December and January. We would like to take the time to ensure we have heard all your concerns and discuss an action plan to move these issues forward. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dear members,

The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled on the BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) application to represent PEA and HSA psychologists. The application was denied and the votes cast will not be counted.

This means that PEA psychologists will remain in the PEA.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Dear PEA Members,

Public Service Pension Plan - June 2

Some of our HSP members who were previously transferred from the public service continue to participate in the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP). 

Monday, February 15, 2016

As a PEA HSP member, you participate in the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). The MPP is defined benefit pension plan that is well governed and will provide participants with a lifetime pension upon retirement. It is never too early or too late to start planning for retirement and these sessions are great way to understand more about your pension plan. There is a "new-to-the-plan or mid-career" seminar that will outline the value of your pension, how the plan works and various tools and resources. There is also a session targeted to those "within five years of retirement". See the spring calendar here for the seminars (see website for updates as it is subject to change).

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


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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