OGC — Oil and Gas Commission

The B.C. Labour Relations Board certified the PEA as the bargaining agent for professionals at the Oil & Gas Commission following its devolution from the provincial government in October of 2006.

PEA members at the Commission remain members of the Government Licensed Professionals Chapter.

At Your Fingertips

Need Help?

All OGC bargaining unit members should contact Labour Relations Officer Al Gallupe in our Victoria office regarding service issues. Phone 250-385-8791 or call toll free at 1-800-779-7736.

Your Local Rep is: Stuart Venables (250-419-4472)

Primary OGC Collective Agreement Documents

A new collective agreement for OGC members is not yet available. Please review the expired collective agreement and memorandum of agreement below.

Click here to see all GLP/OCG-related documents.

OGC Executive

Because OGC members remain part of the GLP, they share Executive members as follows:

Chairperson: Carl Withler, Agrologist (250-861-7211)

Vice-Chairperson: Theo Knevel, Forester (250-784-1248)

Secretary-Treasurer: Sheldon Martell, Forester (250-751-7030)

Member-at-Large: Sam Davis, Forester (250-398-4416)

Member-at-Large: Frank Kohlberger, Forester (250-371-6557)

Member-at-Large: Shawna Larade, Agrologist (250-426-1742)

Member-at-Large: Warren McCormick, Engineer (250-356-5889)


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.

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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

David Zirnhelt is the keynote speaker at the GLP AGM. Mr. Zirnhelt is a rancher and a consultant in economic development and land use policy. 

GLP 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 42 Issue 4

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

The December 2016 issue includes a profile of Beth Eagles, a cruising-policy forester with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. This issue also covers what the PEA and the labour movement are doing to support the next generation of workers. Finally, we highlight the significance of the Brian Day court case currently working its way through the courts. 

Read the December 2016 issue



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