LSL News

Friday, January 25, 2019

I’m pleased to inform you that 73 per cent of voting members supported the tentative agreement. 84 per cent of members voted in the ratification process.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Dear PEA members of The Law Society of BC:

Friday, June 8, 2018

Minutes from the May 24, 2018 bargaining meeting are online. Members must log in to view the minutes. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Please be aware that PEA Labour Relations Officer, Sam Montgomery, has started a leave through until January 2019. Al Gallupe will replace Sam starting May 7, 2018.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Thanks to all those who attended the PEA Annual General Meeting last month. Minutes from the meeting are now available.

Monday, May 9, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016

Dear members,

PEA members have voted 62.9% in favour of a new three-year collective agreement with the Law Society.

Friday, February 26, 2016

We have been approached by a numbers of members with questions about the process following a possible no vote of the proposed contract for 2016 - 2018. Here is a summary that we hope will answer your questions. Please feel free to connect with members of the committee.

What happens if members vote no?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dear members of the PEA at the Law Society,

After months of negotiations, the PEA bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the Law Society on Monday February 22nd, 2016. The committee is unanimously recommending ratification. All members of the PEA are eligible to vote. A majority of voting members is required for ratification.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The union received the following proposed settlement package on January 28, 2016.

Read the settlement package

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dear members of the PEA at the Law Society,

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Your bargaining team has completed three days of bargaining with the Law Society. We have further dates set for later in October, including the 21st and 28th.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dear members,

Your collective agreement with the Law Society expires December 31, 2015.

Your bargaining team has been meeting to review the results of the membership bargaining survey and develop proposals. We begin bargaining with the employer on September 22nd and have more dates set for October and November.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dear members,

Thank you for coming out to our lunch time pre-bargaining session on June 4 where we discussed the BC Public Service Pension Plan.

If you were unable to attend the session you can find the presentation and other links below.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Your bargaining team along with staff from the Professional Employees Association invite you to a lunch time session on pensions.

PEA pre-bargaining membership meeting on pensions

Thursday, June 4
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Chevalier Room, Rosedale on Robson
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Law Society Lawyers’ Chapter of the Professional Employees Association will be held as follows:

Professional Employees Association – Law Society Lawyers (LSL) 2014 Annual General Meeting
Rosedale on Robson
838 Hamilton Street @ Robson, Vancouver, BC
Michiko Room (Second Floor)


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

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

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

Read the January/February 2019 issue



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