ORL News

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The ORL Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm, at the Marten Brewpub in Vernon.

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. At the meeting we will review the details of the tentative agreement.

The meeting will be held by teleconference. To access the meeting call 1-888-289-4573 using access code 9452394

Monday, August 24, 2015

The ORL Chapter AGM will take place on September 28.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The PEA is pleased to inform you that parties have agreed to a Letter of Understanding to address the grievance filed March 10, 2015 regarding the ORL/UBCO partnership; specifically protecting our

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dear members,

Parties reached a mediated settlement with the employer regarding the grievance which was filed May 30, 2014 to address the Public Service Manager positions doing PEA bargaining unit work.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thank you for your ongoing support and input into the FAMA staffing report implications. Your ORL chapter executive has sent a formal response to ORL management and the board.

You can read the response here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The PEA is holding a meeting on Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Library Branch to discuss the FAMA report and the Branch Staffing Level Plan. It is strongly encouraged members attend to offer the PEA your feedback and comments so that they may be added to the formal response document the PEA will be presenting to management at the end of August.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The PEA website has a chapter forum where ORL members can submit comments. We will be starting a thread on the FAMA staffing level plan. You can access the forum here.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The PEA is pleased to inform you that members voted to ratify the tentative agreement between parties. Of the 71% of members that voted, 100% voted in favour of ratification.

Thank you again to the bargaining committee members Monica Gaucher and Georgia McKay for their hard work and commitment.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The PEA was informed by ORL Human Resources this afternoon that the ORL Executive Board voted to ratify the tentative agreement. As you are aware both parties need to ratify the tentative agreement. PEA member ballots are due back to the Victoria office by 12 noon on February 28th. Results will be announced that afternoon.

Monday, February 17, 2014

There will be a PEA ratification meeting held via teleconference on February 17th at 8:00 a.m. We encourage members to call into this meeting. Ballots have been mailed to members. The deadline for the ballots to the PEA office is February 28, 2014 by 12:00 noon.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Please be advised that your ratification packages have been put in the mail this afternoon. Thank you for your patience and understanding with the delay in immediate circulation of ratification packages after the tentative agreement was reached on December 6, 2013.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Your bargaining team has concluded bargaining and has reached a tentative agreement.


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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