OGC & GLP News

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BC’s Forest Watchdog reports on 20 years of recommendations to the BC Government on improving forest management and concludes, “Government has told the Board that it accepts 56 (of 60) recommendati

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Government has committed to a review of professional reliance. This is the best opportunity for positive change since the professional reliance model was introduced in the early 2000’s.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

There is currently one vacancy on the GLP Chapter Executive. Your union needs an effective Executive Committee with inspired and committed members working on behalf of GLP members.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

GLP 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. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We've updated our Endangered Experts report incorporating data since 2015.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We are looking for expressions of interest from PEA GLP members for the 2019 GLP Bargaining Committee.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Attend with Paid Travel Expenses

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The PEA has received two important messages from the Public Service Agency (PSA) regarding the wildfires,

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. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

At one time, all PEA members were designated as stationary status. This allowed any PEA member who travelled to claim meal allowance for time spent in the field. In 2004, this changed in the Ministry of FLNRO when certain positions were designated as field status (removing their eligibility for the meal allowance).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

As mentioned in our email on November 17, 2015, PEA members at Oil and Gas Commission will receive a wage increase from the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) of 0.45% on May 1, 2016. This will be in addition to the other wage increase in 2016 negotiated by the parties in the last round of negotiations: the 0.5% increase on July 1, 2016.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Members will receive a 0.45% wage increase in 2016 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your most recent collective agreement.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The PEA is hosting a GLP members’ Pension and Retirement web teleconference at 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on September 23. Call in promptly as it is open ot the first 250 attendees.The session will provide an overview of both the retirement provisions in our collective agreement and our defined benefit Public Service Pension Plan. Join us to learn about final year vacation entitlements, monetary retirement allowances based on years of service and relocation rights for retirees, and more.

The session will be offered again on October 7 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT).

Thursday, July 30, 2015


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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