LSS — Legal Services Society Lawyers

The PEA's second bargaining unit comprises the employed lawyers working for the Legal Services Society of BC.

LSS was founded in 1979 to provide legal aid to qualified applicants. PEA members practice primarily in criminal, family and immigration law. LSS members work in many locations across British Columbia.

The PEA was certified to represent this group of lawyers in 1981.

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Collective Agreement

LSS Collective Agreement


LSS Bargaining 2019

Information on the 2019 round of bargaining

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LSS Executive

  • Jeremy Orrego, Chair
  • Dawn McConnell
  • Debby O'Leary
  • Megan Olson
  • Jeff Speed

LSS News

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

This week the PEA launched the Justice 4 Justice Workers campaign to support our PEA members working for the Legal Services Society (LSS).

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The PEA made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for Budget 2020. Our focus was on restoring legal aid funding in BC. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Dear PEA Members at the Legal Services Society,​

Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in serving on the PEA Chapter Executive and Bargaining Team.

LSS Constitution

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 October-November 2019 issue includes a profile of ORL members Stephanie Thoreson and Jamie Stuart.

Read the October-November 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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