ORL — Okanagan Regional Librarians

In 1988 the Association was certified to bargain for professional librarians employed by the Okanagan Regional Library Board.

The board operates local libraries from Kelowna to Golden and Revelstoke to Princeton. Operating revenue comes from the various Okanagan municipalities.

At Your Fingertips

Need Help?

Your Labour Relations Officer is:
Rhiannon Bray, 250-385-8791 ext 204

Your Local Reps are:
NORTH: Kristy Hennings, 250-542-7610
SOUTH: Saundra Bernier, 250-762-2800

Your Collective Agreement

The Collective Agreement between the Professional Employees Association and the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Management is in effect to December 31, 2016.

ORL Collective Agreement



ORL Executive

James Laitinen, 250-832-6161 ext 5891

Peter Critchley, 250-542-6822

Ashley Machum Hutton, 250-762-2800

Christine McPhee, 250-762-2800 ext 2829

ORL News

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

Four people have put their names forward to participate on the joint classification committee.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A ratification meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 1 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held by teleconference. At the meeting we will review the details of the tentative agreement.

Dial in information:
Access code: 9452394

ORL 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 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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